Date Posted... Jan 14th 2020

Alumni gives talk on the weird and wonderful of biology

Professor Laurence Hurst (CO83), President of the Genetics Society and alumni of Truro School, visited yesterday evening to speak to Sixth Form Biology students, alumni, parents and A-Level teachers from across the county. He delivered his talk called ‘Nothing in biology makes sense’ and explored issues such as varied testicular size in mammals, the strangeness of drinking milk and language evolution.

Sarah Finnegan, Head of Biology and Coordinator of Medical Pathways said: “Professor Hurst coming to talk was eagerly anticipated. He discussed many fascinating areas. The aim of his presentation was to give students an insight into identifying their passion and determining their next steps. We are so very grateful for his support.”

Laurence Daniel Hurst (born 1965) FMedSci FRS is a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath and the Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution and the President of the Genetics Society, one of the world’s oldest such societies. He is a leading authority on the evolution of genetic systems.