A prestigious History of Genetics Day will take place on Wednesday 9th September 2009 at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. This will be the opening event of the ‘John Innes Centenary Symposium - Genetics 100 Years On’ which runs from 9th to the 11th September 2009. On the History of Genetics Day we will be commemorating the 100 year history of genetics at John Innes, the legacy of our founder William Bateson, who coined the term ‘genetics’ and played a central role in the development of early genetics in Britain. An international line-up of science historians will cover topics including the background behind the founding of the ‘John Innes Horticultural Institution’ in 1909, the role of women in the John Innes workforce in the early years, Bateson’s contributions to evolutionary theory, and JI’s place in the history of genetics from the inter-war years to the atomic age. They will be joined by scientists Mike Gale and Keith Chater, and science philosopher Sabina Leonelli, who between them will cover JIC’s contribution to the modern sciences of crop genetics, bacterial genetics and Arabidopsis research - history in the making! This event will be accompanied by a major historical exhibition drawing on the John Innes Foundation Historical Collections.
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