Gemma Marfany

Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona (Spain), with an extensive scientific and academic career in genetics. She directs a research group investigating the genetic basis of rare hereditary ailments, especially blindness. She is a member of the Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), member of CIBERER, and of several commissions on bioethics. She is the co-founder of DBGen, a company which performs genetic diagnosis, has written two popular science books, and writes a weekly scientific science column at www.elnacional.cat.

Genetics and language are closely connected. Some genes in humans have been essential for the development of complex language.

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Humans, unlike some animals, do not base their mating choices exclusively on genetics. There are many cultural and social determinants.
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Thanks to advances in genetics, we can extract a lot of information from DNA and infer a fairly detailed portrait of the person it belongs to.
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We have all inherited DNA sequences from forgotten ancient ancestors
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dna bank

By giving away our DNA and genetic data, we are giving away the DNA and genetic data of our entire biological family. We have to think if the objective we are pursuing is worthwhile.
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Illustration disseminate

What do scientists do when they explain their own or others’ research? Do they communicate do they popularise? Gemma Marfany prefers to say she disseminates knowledge...
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Can humans control the future evolution of our species? Based on current knowledge in genetics, one can infer and extrapolate what may happen in the near future. After all, if we are to predict the future, we must first understand the foundations of our present.
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