Blaxter leads the Wellcome Sanger Institute’s Tree of Life Program, which aims to sequence all of Earth’s species—linked through the common thread of DNA. His lecture will consider how determining the DNA sequences of all species on Earth will enable us to both understand Darwin’s “endless forms”—as famously conveyed in On the Origin of Species—and promote their conservation.
Before joining the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Blaxter was a professor of evolutionary genomics at the University of Edinburgh, where his research portfolio focused on the genomics of neglected, non-model organisms and the interpretation of those genomes in ecological and evolutionary contexts. Blaxter, a highly cited author with over 250 refereed papers, is a fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, the Helminthological Society of Washington, the Royal Society for Biology, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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