Our next journal club will be on a very interesting topic: The application of RNAi in agriculture.
Our guest presenter is Dr. Larry Gilbertson, a lead scientist at Monsanto and we will read a publication by Ivashuta et al about using environmental RNAi technology on herbivorous insects. Larry will provide background on RNA interference (RNAi) and also discuss how it can be used in agriculture.
You can find the article in pdf format on our website:
The agenda for the journal club:
- Short overview of the paper to understand the scope of this work.
- Go over the paper figure by figure. So everyone understands what exactly what was done and how it was done.
- Free form discussion.
Previous reading of the paper is not required but much advised. It will help you not to get lost. Some prior knowledge of basic biological concepts will be very useful for you to follow: what are genes, the central dogma of DNA -> RNA -> Proteins, and some general understanding of how viruses infect cells.
See you all soon!
The BosLab team
The journal club is taking place at 500 Technology Square Cambridge, room 189 (to the left from the main entrance). It is a big building behind A4 restaurant. The doors are automatically locked some time after 6:30PM. If you are lost or got late call (256)[masked], someone will let you in.