Episode 4: A very “cute” episode
27 April, 2021
The application of data science and artificial intelligence to other fields is generating scientific breakthroughs never seen before. And perhaps one of the most striking cases is that of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics applies statistical and computational techniques to analyze biological data, such as DNA. In this episode we see how bioinformatics is able to study the relationship between genetics and “visible” characteristics of a population. Thanks to these techniques, a set of genes related to human creativity has been revealed. By looking for these sets in other species such as the chimpanzee or Neanderthal man, it has been found that their effect is much more prominent in modern humans, adding this to the list of possible characteristics that make us unique.
Our expert interviewee is Coral del Val Muñoz. She is a DaSCI researcher with a degree and PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Granada. She has subsequently worked at the German Cancer Research Center as a Bioinformatician, the area where her current research is focused. She has also worked at the University of Washington School of Medicine and at the University of Ulm. She is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at UGR. Coral is co-author of the article that has recently appeared on the press: “Evolution of Human Creativity” in which other DaSCI researchers also participate: Igor Zwir, Javier Arnedo, Alberto Mesa and Rocio Romero-Zaliz.
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