Lunch and Learn - Human Genetics with Dr.David Burke (UoM)

  • May 5, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Discussion topics:

1. Quantitative trait analysis of complex, multigenic traits in synthetic populations of the laboratory mouse.

2. The development of engineering systems for microfluidic analysis.

3. Low cost technology systems for health care delivery.

4. What are you most excited about regarding the future of genetics?

5. Thoughts on 23&me and why Google / J&J are investing so heavily?

6. Thoughts on the future of 3d printed kidneys and such.

7. When/will genetics and devices merge? (My fitbit tells me to walk an extra mile to prevent the congestive heart failure identified in my genetic report)

8. What are your current BHAG’s?

9. Should everyone have their genome sequenced at birth? What would happen?

10. Thoughts on citizens of African descent reconnecting with family through genetics.

Bonus Topic - Reactions | Implications of this finding:
Here is an excerpt from the article* I was stumbling over trying to reference / ask about before the meeting on Tuesday: UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long.

"For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made," said Stamatoyannopoulos. "Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture. These new findings highlight that DNA is an incredibly powerful information storage device, which nature has fully exploited in unexpected ways."

*Link to full article 


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  • Jason H.

    Very informative session. Thank you

    May 5

  • Jason H.

    Might be late or not make it stuck at the hospital. Am looking forward to this so will do everything I can to make it

    May 5

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