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Janelia Farm Public Talk: Sean Eddy (JFRC Investigator)

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Sean Eddy, a Lab Head at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Language of DNA” at Janelia in Ashburn, VA.

Eddy will speak on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 7 PM. The lecture, part of an ongoing series called “Dialogues of Discovery at Janelia Farm,” is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Directions for obtaining tickets are available on the Janelia Farm web site at www.janelia.org/events. Seating is limited to 250 people. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. This is a free talk but YOU MUST GET TICKETS: https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=1198&cartID=40e82da1-d2d3-4cf4-8613-4bb95deae145

Over the last decade, DNA sequencing technology has improved suddenly and radically. The first human genome sequence took decades of work and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Today, a single automated machine can sequence several human genomes a week for a few thousand dollars each.

Soon, as costs continue to drop, human genome sequencing may become a routine standard of care in our doctors' offices. DNA sequencing is already changing how doctors diagnose cancer, genetic diseases, and infectious disease; and beyond its clinical applications, large-scale DNA sequencing is also rapidly transforming our fundamental understanding of how biology works, and how biology evolved. Eddy will discuss what DNA sequence information means to us, and how are scientists "reading" it?

For more information: http://www.hhmi.org/news/dialogues20130423.html

I will take people on a tour of Janelia Farm after the talk. Please email me at lm@beltwayatheists.org. I will take the first 6 people who respond. Afterwards, we can go to Janelia Farm's own Bob's Pub for drinks/dinner. Cheeers.