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The Personalized Genome and its Impacts on Health

In addition to the talk by Rabia, we are very excited to host Denisa Kera: Heres a little bit about her:

In a series of design probes into foodhacking between 2010 - 2011, I cooked, researched and organized various dinners related to emergent eating practices defining various dieting "tribes" and testing the limits of metabolic, technical and political exchanges. I was working with paleodieters identified with DIY and hacked sous-vide appliances, locavores with foraging practices and interfaces monitoring food authenticity, molecular gastronomes and theit liquid nitrogen DIY protocols, but also nutrigenomics enthusiasts crowdsourcing biodata through epigenetic experiments and various other foodhackers exploring fermentation and human to bacteria and yeast interactions.  Together with Marc Tuters, a collaborator and foodie, but also members of hackerspaces in Prague, Singapore and Yogykarta, we defined these emergent groups as diet-tribes and organized a set of dinners to look into these practices and understand the connection between community building, technology and science tinkering and eating practices. In the DNA dinner we were interested to see how the food and DNA data on our bodies and data on food provenance influence social dining practices, how bioscience protocols, which are part of a large system of interests and processes related to different industries, relate to social custom, but also personal experiences of eating together.

Rabia Khan's Talk:

When the human genome project was completed in 2003 it opened a door to a cornucopia of possibilities in the understanding of disease and development.

Rabia Khan, a Ph.D candidate in Human Genetics, will be giving a talk on the growing field of personalized genetics and the impacts it is having on human health. From single gene mutations to multifactorial diseases and the interactions between the ailments that affect us and the role our genome plays.

We'll be hosted at Action Potential Lab. Action Potential Lab is Toronto’s first laboratory dedicated to merging science and art. It is here where the teachings of both fields interact and exchange by way of classes, workshops, lecture series and various community outreach programs. Action Potential Lab is open to curious people of all ages.

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  • Drishti

    I really appreciated hearing a bit about what people are doing and the exciting possibilities - as an antidote to the despair of what is actually happening on the planet and to its humans

    May 1, 2014

  • Joanne

    Absolutely fascinating.

    April 30, 2014

  • Duane H.

    I am sorry that I am not able to make it. Looks like some great topics will be covered.

    April 30, 2014

  • Inga L P

    Sorry I cannot attend the meeting, I have to work

    April 30, 2014

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