World renowned genetics expert to present a special lecture at the Faculty of Veterinary Science

Posted on July 07, 2010

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Dr O’Brien is recognized for research contributions in human and comparative genetics, evolutionary biology, HIV/AIDS, retro-virology, and species conservation.


He is the author and co-author of over 650 publications including the highly acclaimed book ‘Tears of the cheetah: And other tales from the genetic frontier’. Some of his noted achievements include the description of the first human gene to influence HIV-1 infection and AIDS progression, annotation of the feline genome, documenting the epidemic prevalence of FIV among wildcat species, defining new species of orang-utan, clouded leopard and elephant, and developing the discipline of conservation genetics by describing the remarkable genetic uniformity of the African cheetah, a prelude to genetic assessment of endangered species.


The lecture, which will take place in Room 135 of the Arnold Theiler building at the Faculty, will be followed by a cocktail.

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