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A Tall Story at the Hunterian Museum

November 1, 2011


Wednesday 23 November, 1pm

A Tall Story: unravelling the genetics behind Charles Byrne – ‘the Irish Giant’

Professor Márta Korbonits, Barts and the London School of Medicine

While his skeleton standing at nearly eight feet is unique among the museum collections, Charles Byrne had two cousins who were a similar height, suggesting his condition might have a genetic link. This discovery started a historical and scientific journey which led to identification of Byrne’s genetic abnormality and to the history of this unusual gene from ancient times until today. The study’s author Márta Korbonits discusses her work and will be joined by Brendan Holland who shares an ancestor with Charles Byrne and will provide his own perspective on this discovery.

For more information on this condition, visit the website

Tickets: £3, booking is required.

Free entry plus one guest to RCS fellows and members, free to affiliates, medical students and Hunterian Society members (please call to reserve places).

Free places for companions accompanying disabled people.

Booking for lunchtime lectures: 020 7869 6560, Text Relay: 18001 020 7869 6560 or email museums[at]

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