Past Meetup

Cafe Sci 2: "Genetics or Epigenetics - Which is the Master of Your Destiny?"

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Hello all. Time again for Café Sci 2. Here is the topic and presenter link: ( (topic outline below). We'll be on the 2nd floor of Brooklyn's.

Cafe starts at 6:30 and is usually done around 8:15. We always recommend you arrive by 6 (or earlier) for a good seat. Also, the Café is open seating - any unoccupied chair is fair game.

Parking: should be free (or possibly $1) in Pepsi Center Lot A (aka 'Camry' lot), which is directly across from Brooklyns' front door - just south off Chopper Circle. ***If there happens to be a parking attendant, just tell them you're attending a science presentation at Brooklyn's.***

For those new to the group: this is not an official atheist meetup. Cafe Sci is open to the general public. However, folks from our group usually occupy the long rectangle of tables in the center of the room. If you don't know anyone, just ask if they're from the "meetup" group. Or you can come find me...I'll be on the far side of the room near the PA setup.

Please only RSVP "Yes"...this just gives us an idea of how many folks from our group are coming.


DNA, RNA and proteins make up the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology – DNA is transcribed into RNA and RNA is translated into protein. Because DNA is the hereditary unit for life, much attention has focused on deciphering the sequence of nucleotides in numerous genomes, including humans. While these efforts have vastly enhanced our knowledge of organisms, it has also become clear that the way genes are expressed is regulated by factors that can affect DNA, yet do not change the sequence of DNA. This is known as epigenetics, or above the genome. I will discuss the types of epigenetic marks are found in our genome, and discuss how alterations of these marks, similar to DNA mutations, can play a profound role in human health and disease, with a particular focus on mental illness.

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