On 5 September 2012, Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) and Griffith University (GU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a sister city celebration hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Brisbane-Shenzhen sister city relationship. The signing was held at the Queensland Art Gallery’s magnificent Watermall in the presence of Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xu Qin and Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk. Professor Allan Cripps, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health), GU, Dr Lin Fang, Vice President, BGI and Dr Ye Yin, Chief Operating Officer, BGI. The MOU was signed to develop research collaborations in genomics. Professor Lyn Griffiths, Director, Griffith Health Institute is collaborating with BGI in whole genome sequencing and Professor David Lambert, Griffith School of Environment and School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences has an ARC grant with BGI conducting ancient DNA sequencing of penguins from the Antarctic.
Professor Lambert’s research with the BGI is aimed at an improved understanding of how animals respond in increasing global temperatures. The research team compare modern Adélie penguin genomes with those of individuals that lived in the same area up to ~40,000 years ago when the temperatures were ~10 degrees cooler than now.
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