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Cafe Scientifique: Applying Genetics and Genomics to Assist Threatened Species

WHAT: Applying Genetics and Genomics to Assist Threatened Species, in Zoos and in the Wild

WHO: Presented by Robert C. Fleischer, Senior Scientist and Head, Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park

ABOUT THE TOPIC: An ever increasing number of species are at risk of extinction via direct and indirect impacts of human activities. Efforts to counter these impacts and recover these species are underway, requiring a multiplicity of approaches and tools. One set of approaches is genetic methods and theory and recent advances in genomics and DNA sequencing show great potential to assist in understanding and mitigating threats to endangered species. Fleischer will present an overview of these genetic approaches and provide illustrative examples drawn from the research program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Café Scientifique events are held on the first Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted.

WHERE: The atrium of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Building and The Front Page restaurant, near Ballston Metro. Located at 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203 on the ground floor of the National Science Foundation (NSF) building. Parking is available under the NSF building or at Ballston Common Mall.

HOW: Register online now
Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. Please come early to order table service and socialize. Special half-price burgers start at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by Q&A. No science background required – only an interest! Registration requested.

Notes & Warnings: This series is popular. It may be challenging to find others in meetup but if you get there by 5:45 you should be able to find us. If you arrive after 6:15, you can scan the chairs but seating may be scarce. Speakers in this series vary in their quality as does restaurant service. It is perhaps best not to arrive too hungry. However, that said, the speakers are sometimes quite good and the food can be a good deal.

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  • Allison S. M.

    It was good. Now I know where the NSF is located. Interesting talk. I love genetics and I hate extinction

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I showed up late, and I'm sad I didn't find the group. I really couldn't stay for the talk as the acoustics were killing me. I hope they can find a better venue in the future because I love the topics being covered.

    March 5, 2013

  • Margie

    I showed up late and was not certain which was the right group. I joined some other table and enjoyed my burger and beer and the talk---sorry to miss everyone.

    March 5, 2013

  • Kevin D.

    Just saw that I made the waitlist. Sounds fascinating but I am sick today.

    March 5, 2013

  • Lucrecia M.

    How can I find you guys?

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, won't be able to make it after all.

    March 1, 2013

  • William K.

    Whoa Diggity

    February 18, 2013

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