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1st May 2016

29 April | Instituto de Fisiología Celular, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Filed under: Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 2:59 am

A formidably well-informed audience volunteered numerous good questions during and after my presentation Energy, ageing, fidelity and sex. Oocyte mitochondrial DNA as a protected genetic template. I sensed a degree of polite scepticism. Good. There is no point in explaining things to people who already agree. Such an appreciative and critical audience is definitely good for morale. What a contrast with the department in which Fanis and I were once colleagues.

Lunch was followed by a guided walking tour of the spectacular UNAM campus. Warmly recommended. It’s not my place to comment, but the “Autonomous National University of Mexico” (which it is) should surely be better known internationally. Go there if you ever get the chance. It’s a great place. We’d seen that already on 27 April.

I am most grateful to my host in IFC-UNAM, Xochitl Pérez Martínez, pictured here with Fanis Missirlis.

UNAM lecture 29 April 2016

Mexico Lectures April–May 2016

Mitochondria, ageing, separate sexes


  1. Dear Dr. John, it was big pleasure and honor to have you visiting us. We enoyed sooo much your talk, and also your company around campus. We hope to have you here again soon!

    Comment by Xochitl Perez-Martinez — 2nd May 2016 @ 6:49 pm

  2. Thank you, Xochitl! It was a pleasure to visit and to learn about your research and IFC-UNAM.

    Comment by John Allen — 2nd May 2016 @ 7:33 pm

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