Science Pub Night: Recent Controversies Surrounding Junk DNA

It's Science Pub night again!

It IS the 98%: Recent Controversies Surrounding Junk DNA is the topic for the night. Sarah Schaack will give an overview of the recent controversies among scientists surrounding claims that a very high proportion of DNA in the human genome is functional. Come find out more at this Science Pub.

Sarah Schaack is an assistant professor of biology at Reed College and will be giving the lecture.

If you'd like to know more visit this link:
https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene/080813

This event is sponsored by OMSI, The Science Factory, and the U of O.

Come early to find a seat as chairs fill up fast. If the lecture is popular it tends to be standing room only if you come late.

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  • Lee J.

    I thought this was an excellent presentation: interesting, informative and well suited for an audience with varied levels of biology education. Perhaps the best Science Pub Night I've been to.

    The presentation looked at some of the many bad arguments against the existence of junk DNA in humans. When I got home, I found that a blog I followed had just found a science paper which one-upped all the other bad arguments:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/08/07/encode-has-its-defenders/

    In short, "Scientists support the idea of junk DNA just because they don't want to give creationists a talking point."

    Nevermind that you can omit or alter the majority of junk DNA without any harm to the organism ...

    August 9, 2013

  • Betty U.

    Good.. I learned some things! Thanks to Gail for preserving a place for us..

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Dennis T.

    I'll be out of town.

    August 8, 2013

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