Exploring the power of new tools to push the frontiers of biology and medicine will be the subject of an MDI Science Café by MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Dustin Updike, Ph.D., entitled “A Geneticist’s Toolkit: How to Connect Genes with Their Function.”
Updike will focus on the use of model organisms for genetic research, and two exciting new tools in the geneticist’s toolkit. The first is high-throughput genetic sequencing, also known as next generation genetic sequencing, or NGS, which allows scientists to quickly and cheaply sequence massive amounts of DNA and RNA. Scientists anticipate that NGS will ultimately allow them to develop a complete catalog of human genetic variation that will guide personalized treatment.
Updike will also discuss the power of CRISPR/Cas9. This simple, precise and effective gene-editing tool allows scientists to quickly identify the function of a gene, helping them understand the molecular basis of disease.
MDI Science Cafés are offered through the MDI Biological Laboratory in fulfillment of its mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from scientists about the latest trends in scientific research. Short presentations delivered in everyday language are followed by lively, informal discussion.
For your convenience, you may preregister.