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GeneTime: An interdisciplinary training site in Ancient Biomolecules

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 7909

  • Start date

    1 July 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

Objective

We propose an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary training centre dedicated to the recovery of information from ancient biomolecules, GeneTime. The study of ancient biomolecules is a vibrant and innovative new interdisciplinary research area, with important scientific and cultural implications. Small, fragmented bimolecular remains have proved to be storehouses of past information, and their analyses can provide a window to the past, yielding information that is both of relevance and fascination in modern Europe, and its peoples. Ancient remains (museum skins, fossil bones, dried animal dung, blood stains, and even ice and sediment samples) contain records of genetic diversity and histories of both extinct and living species in the form of preserved DNA and proteins. With the right technologies this record can reveal novel data about how fauna and flora have responded to climate change and migration events, and identify key genetic and behavioural adaptations. In addition, early domestic specimens hold potentially valuable information about the changes in genetic diversity and dietary behaviour that produced modern domesticated animals and plants. Europe is the world leader in this uniquely exciting new area of research but due to the speed of methodological development and the extreme interdisciplinary of the field, training and resources are fragmented within and between countries. Centres of excellence do exist and GeneTime attempts to link to together four of these. Each institute has a particular research advantage, and by combining them the sum will be far greater than the parts. This will form a unique, high profile early training site, unparalleled in scope and seeking to share benefits of training and research

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

Address

Heslington
York

United Kingdom

Participants (3)

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS FOR THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN (HEREINAFTER CALLED TCD)

Ireland

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 7909

  • Start date

    1 July 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom