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14 Pews Science on Screen Series: Gattaca

Lets meetup to watch the film Gattaca at 14 Pews -part of their science on screen series Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment - even for the most science-phobic culture vulture!

This month they will screen the cult classic film, "Gattaca," a science fiction film that presents a biopunk vision of a society driven by liberal eugenics where potential children are selected through preimplantation genetic diagnosis to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.

The movie draws on concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and the possible consequences of such technological developments for society.

Afterwards a discussion will be lead by Dr. Steve Scherer, associate professor in the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center. Dr. Scherer along with colleagues from the UI College of Engineering and Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, developed the OtoSCOPE method, which captures and sequences all the portions of a patient's DNA that coincide with areas of the human genome known to contain deafness mutations.

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  • David F.

    Cool concept. I hope future events are as good.

    June 1, 2011

  • Ahmed

    Too bad it was great meetup

    May 31, 2011

  • Ahmed

    Excellent meet up and movie...we had a great speaker after the movie, and an interesting philosophical discussion over enchildadas at a local Mexican restaurant afterwords. Thanks to everyone who made it down! I think we will be having more of these dinner/movie/science meet ups in the future..

    May 31, 2011

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