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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: The first draft human genome at 20: how has genomics altered the way humanity understands itself? by Professor Steve Yearley

Professor Steve Yearley, University of Edinburgh

Date/Time: Tuesday 1 December 2020, 17:30 - 18:15

Hosted by Professor Sally Shortall, with introduction from Dr Suzanne Moffatt

This year marks twenty years since the first draft of the human genome was created, one of humankind’s most important scientific accomplishments. The human genome promises to tell us a lot more a lot more about humans as a biological entity but many social scientists have been reluctant to embrace these findings. If the genomic knowledge is as powerful as some people believe, there is a danger of upsetting everything we understand about social science. In this lecture, Professor Steve Yearley argues that scientists should work together to investigate both biological and environmental influences.


Steve Yearley is Professor of the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Steve is well known for his work in social studies of science and in environmental sociology and is particularly concerned with areas where these specialisms overlap.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.