Join us at the Burren for yet more genomics, as Science by the Pint presents Dr. Andrea Pauli and colleagues, with The Mysteries of the Genome.
For those who've never been, Science by the Pint is an event sponsored by an organization of Harvard graduate students called Science in the News. In between their sleepless hours of hard work at Harvard Med School, they bring cutting edge scientific research to the public in a fun and informal format. The event goes like this:
The main speaker gives a short 5-10 minute talk (not a full length lecture) about their research, then answers general questions from the audience.
The team of colleagues comes around to individual tables and spends one-on-one time answering questions over food and refreshments.
Lots of nerdy fun is had by all.
Things officially start at 7:00, but arriving by 6:30 allows fellow nerds to find a place to sit together, order food and drinks, and be ready once things get going.
The Burren is located on Elm Street right in the heart of Davis Square, just a short walk from the Red Line stop. If you prefer to drive, there are metered spots on the street and in nearby municipal lots (see link below). Meters are active until 8:00 PM, and metered spots are free thereafter. Municipal lot meters are good for three hours, and street spots are good for two.
Hope to see you there :)
SITN - Science by the Pint
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This August's Science by the Pint will feature Dr. Andrea Pauli: The mysteries of the genome
Meet us August 12th at 7pm at the Burren in Davis Square!Check our website for directions to the Burren.
SITN's Science by the Pint is a chance to interact directly with research scientists. Dr. Pauli will give a brief intro to her work, and take a few questions before mingling from table to table with other member of her group to chat with you. More information about August's Science by the Pint is below:
The genome contains all the information necessary to build a living being - whether a little bacterium or an entire organism as complex as a human being. One of the greatest conundrums in biology is that neither genome size nor the number of protein-coding genes scales with the complexity of an organism. What then distinguishes us from an little earth-worm scavenging for food, or from a fish swimming around in a pond?
Dr. Pauli will discuss novel insights into the complexity of the genome, particularly in light of the recent finding that a much larger fraction of the genome is transcribed than previously anticipated. Despite some exceptions, most of these novel transcripts do not appear to encode proteins and have not been identified in previous large-scale screens for essential regulators of development. Do these 'non-coding' RNAs have any function in vivo, or are they merely transcriptional noise? Apart from non-coding RNAs, an additional layer of regulation has been suggested by novel insights into the dynamic organization of chromatin. Chromatin modifications, long-range interactions between distant genomic elements - what are their roles in regulating gene expression?
We look forward to seeing you there!