DNA Demystified: Understanding the Fundamentals of the Code of Life and the Genetic Revolution Cheryl Powers
Did the gene revolution pass you by? Over the past sixty years, we have entered a new era in understanding of how livings things, from microbes to humans, operate at the base level.
This is a two-session course. At the first session, we will explore the fundamentals of DNA - the code of life - and learn how genes make proteins. Building on an introductory Power Point presentation, we will use simple experiments employing everyday materials such as Ziploc bags, strawberries, shampoo and alcohol to extract and spool DNA. All materials will be provided.
You should carry away an improved understanding of the structure and function of DNA and, as a bonus, be able to take some strawberry DNA to keep!
At the second session, you will learn about the most significant developments in the field of gene manipulation and the futuristic possibilities that result from this.
The genetic revolution has the potential to gain increasing control over life itself. It already has had an enormous impact on agriculture, medicine, the environment, industry, and the law. Well discuss the potential dangers that may be present. We will also discuss the ethical and societal controversies such as GMOs, designer babies, genetic testing, and gene therapy that have emerged from this new field in science. You will be encouraged to do critical thinking about the implications of the genetic revolution.
Cheryl Powers has a BS in Biology from Cornell University. She was an award-winning high school biology teacher for 44 years. She also taught courses in Genetics, did research in molecular genetics at Brookhaven National Lab, and ran a summer biotechnology institute in Montana for high school students. In retirement she is a docent with the Central Coast State Parks
Fridays, July 1 & 8 2016, 10:00am- 12:00pm United Methodist Church, SLO. Two Sessions
Registering for this course by buying a ticket will admit you to both sessions of this course.
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1515 Fredericks Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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