Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and their Real-World Applications, Lec.19-20

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Dear group,
we continue the series of video lectures on genetics from "The Great Courses".

In the beginning of our meeting, we will also provide brief updates on several topics:

Cancer riddle solved: How cancer cells form tumors

A cancer's surprise origins caught in action. First demonstration of a cancer arising from a single cell

Our hidden Neandertal DNA may increase risk of allergies, depression

Russian scientist injects himself with ancient 'immortality' bacteria

This bionic spine could help paralyzed patients walk again

Cancer's on the march but 'we've got its number': NIH director

Cancer researchers claim 'extraordinary results' using T-cell therapy

U.K. researcher receives permission to edit genes in human embryos

Bacteria Have Ability to 'See,' Eye-Opening Study Finds

Maths study shows conspiracies 'prone to unravelling'

Breakthrough in direct conversion of human cells from one type to another

Topics of the video lectures:

Lecture 19: Molecular Medicine – The Immune System

George Washington stopped a smallpox epidemics by ordering his soldiers to be inoculated during an outbreak. Fifty years earlier, the slave Onesimus had advised Cotton Mather, the Puritan minister, of the practice in his homeland of rubbing dried pus from a smallpox carrier onto a cut of a healthy person. This process created antibodies that resisted the diseases. The lecture explains how antibodies are created.

Lecture 20: Molecular Medicine – Cancer

Cancer develops when cells lose control over their normally regulated reproduction. Only 10 percent of cancers are inherited, but it is a genetic disease. This lecture explains how cancer cells are created and how they can be treated.

The lecturer in the videos is Dr. David Sadava, an award-winning teacher, author, and cancer researcher.

We will start at 7:00 p.m., with the afterwards discussion at Baton Rouge, from 9:15 p.m. The meeting will take place in Committee room 3.

The meetup fee is $3 payable at the event. It helps us to cover the cost of the website maintenance and the projector we bought for the presentations.

Hope to see everyone on February 26!