In this video Mark describes his research on the genomes of a diverse array of animals, particularly those that are parasites, and work to use the new information to make new drugs and vaccines.
Mark Blaxter and his group use modern sequencing and bioinformatics technologies to investigate the genomes of many different species of animals. They have a particular focus on parasites, and use the genome sequence information to work with colleagues worldwide in developing new drugs and vaccines for diseases of humans, domestic animals and plants. They also study wild, tiny animals common in moss and soil ecosystems, using genomics technologies to both investigate how they play their ecological roles, and to better place them in the evolutionary tree of life. See our Nematodes & Neglected Genomics website for more information. Mark Blaxter also runs the University of Edinburgh’s GenePool Genomics Facility website, one of the largest in the UK. The GenePool works with collaborators across the UK on a wide range of projects, from clinical genomics, to crop improvement, to basic research investigating key issues in biology.
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