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The Mayo Genome Project
By Christina Lynch
21, Jun 2013 - 20:49

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An Evening With National Geographic - Lecture By Dr Spencer, Explorer In Residence With National Geographic

6.00pm on Monday, 24 June 2013 in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Bringing the National Geographic Genographic Project to County Mayo is a joint initiative between National Geographic, the Enterprise and Investment Unit in Mayo County Council and

Dr Spencer Wells, Geneticist, Anthropologist, and Explorer in Residence with National Geographic, will deliver a public lecture about the Genographic Project at 6.00pm on Monday, 24 June 2013 in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. A Question & Answer session will follow the lecture. All are welcome.

This lecture is an exciting addition to the public event on Sunday, 23 June 2013 in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough, when the results of DNA swabs from 10 prominent Mayo people will be revealed. On Sunday, a further 100 volunteers from around Co Mayo will contribute their DNA to help the Genographic project gain a genetic snapshot of the Irish population. The results from these volunteers will be analysed by National Geographic and revealed at Mayo Science Week in autumn 2013.

For more information on the National Geographic Genographic Project and the events in County Mayo this weekend, check out and


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