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This lecture explores genetic deformity as a means of understanding the human body, and asks whether we are all ‘mutants’.

Imperial College geneticist Armand Marie Leroi speaks about his book Mutants, which won the Guardian First Book Award 2004 and led to a television series commissioned by Channel 4.

He will argue that deformity tells us about how the human body is made. He will tell the story of how our genetic grammar is being unravelled - and the stories of the people whose bodies have revealed it. These include a French convent girl who found herself changing sex upon puberty; children, who echoing Homer’s Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves and a hairy family who were kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations (and from whom Darwin took one of his keenest insights into heredity). However, his talk is about everyone. Who are the mutants? Leroi argues we are all mutants, but some of us are more mutant than others.


Dr Armand Marie Leroi | talks


Date and Time:

12 January 2006 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 243 8292

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