May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Computational Geneticist Joe Pickrell @ the Bell House, FREE!

Bones, artifacts, cave paintings, and prehistoric tools are the clues traditionally used to learn about our earliest human ancestors. But scientists are discovering that human history is also written in the subtle variations of our genetic code.

Geneticist Joe Pickrell compares and contrasts the DNA of living humans and those who are looooong dead to learn about history, evolution, and human health. He asks:
--How are new studies of ancient DNA rewriting assumptions about human history?
 --What effects did the shift from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a life of farming and settlement have on the human genome?
 --How have recent technological advances allowed geneticists to accomplish feats that were once considered science fiction? Where is genetics taking us?

A computational geneticist at the New York Genome Center and contributor to "Genomes Unzipped," Joe Pickrell and his research have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and Nature.

Before & After
--It’s ba-a-a-a-ck… Sip our cocktail of the night, the Double… Make That a Triple Helix
--Shimmy to ever-evolving grooves
--Survival of the most curious! Stick around for the highly adaptive Q&A

This Mendelian edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, May 19, 8pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self! 

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