The film

November 2012: the team Epigénome and paleogénome is in Spirou!

Téléchargez cette bande dessinée (.pdf) qui est parue dans le journal SPIROU du 21 novembre 2012.

Elle a été réalisée par Jean-Yves Duhoo qui entraîne, chaque mois, les lecteurs (jeunes et moins jeunes) de Spirou à la rencontre des chercheurs dans de grands laboratoires comme la station biologique de Roscoff, l'Observatoire de Paris ou encore le Synchrotron (accélérateur de particules de la Plaine de Saclay, en France).

L'album Le Labo - tome 1 regroupe une dizaine de ces visites.

Contact : Eva-Maria Geigl, équipe Epigénome et paléogénome, Institut Jacques Monod.

"Palaeogenomics

The double helix as time machine"


Palaeogenetics and Palaeogenomics allow us to gain access to the genetic information of ancient and extinct organisms, and thus to reconstruct the phylogeny and evolution of the genomes of living things of the past, the ancestors of today’s animals, humans and plants. It contributes to shed light on the past biodiversity and provides invaluable information to conversation biology. Moreover, it helps to better understand the processes of the domestication of animals and plants. Finally, it elucidates from a different angle ancient societies.

DNA preserved in bones and teeth of extinct organisms, however, is very degraded and present at minute quantities. For this reason, researchers need to use cutting edge technologies of molecular biology and to work in high containment laboratories.

Such a laboratory constitutes the center of the “core facility of palaeogenomics and molecular taphonomy” of the Institut Jacques Monod. This high containment laboratory is in the heart of the activities of the palaeogenomics group of the Institut Jacques Monod, whose working procedures are shown in the film "Palaeogenomics. The double helix as time machine".  

See the film (17'40"". Autor: Eva-Maria Geigl. Director: Samia Serri. Production: Université Paris Diderot).

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