Inaugural lecture - Professor Nigel Savery

Professor of Biochemistry‌
School of Biochemistry
 
This lecture took place on Monday 26 October 2015
 
Please note that the end of Professor Savery's lecture was interrupted by an unplanned fire alarm at the Wills Memorial Building.
  

Reading and repairing DNA – right time, right place

The genetic information that defines life at a molecular level is stored within the double helix of DNA, and is read by highly-regulated multi-component molecular machinery. In this lecture I shall discuss how genetic switches enable the cell to access exactly the information it needs at exactly the time it needs it, how the process of reading damaged DNA can lead to its repair, and how synthetic biologists are modifying these processes to take control of the cell’s biochemical programme.