BAR HARBOR, MAINE – 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.” The inaugural café in the winter series will be held on Monday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. in the Kinne Library at the laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.
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.
The dates of the other cafés in the MDI Science Café winter series are March 6, April 3 and May 1. The cafés are sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Cross Insurance. For more information, please visit mdibl.org.
The MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution focused on increasing healthy lifespan and increasing our natural ability to repair and regenerate tissues damaged by injury or disease. The institution develops solutions to complex human health problems through research, education and ventures that transform discoveries into cures. For more information, please visit mdibl.org.