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Phoenix- Science Discussion: "Genetics, Epigenetics and Behavior"

  • Feb 10, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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As a courtesy, if you are sick, then please do not attend until you feel better.


Topic: "Genetics, Epigenetics and Behavior"
Speaker: Gro Amdam, ASU

Understanding the interface of genetics and the environment may be the key to the health of future generations. Research in honey bees and other models shows that the environment can alter DNA and affect behavior. The study of genetics and epigenetics ties health, social interactions, and behavior to environmental effects on our DNA and illustrates that they probably should not ever be considered separatly. What can you learn from honey bee research about how our current behaviors, as individuals and as populations, contribute to disease? How mugh we actively alter our environment to heal ourselves.

Afterward, we can get some dinner at a nearby restaurant, if people are interested.


Meeting Place: The person at the info. desk will direct you to the lecture hall.
Meeting time is 4:15pm - 4:30pm.
Lecture duration is from 4:45pm - 5:45pm.
Validated parking (>$3) in the "Heritage Square Parking Lot" (SE corner 5th St and Monroe St, one block south of Van Buren St). Disregard any outside signs stating "$12 Event Parking".
Admission to the discussion is free.

Note: Excerpts were taken from

Note: If I am unable to attend, due to delays, rainstorms, sandstorms, or closed roads, then have fun! -Karen (event host)

Event Description: The "New Frontiers in Medical Science" discussion series brings together leaders in science and engineering with members of the community to discuss how biotechnology and medicine are changing the present and future.

Presented by: AZ Science Ctr, 2nd Sun of the month, Sept-May.

Educators earn one hour of professional development for each lecture attended.

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  • Walter R.

    The information was confusing. I never took biology in school and I am a little fuzzy about Genes. It is always nice to have a place to go and get me out of my house.

    February 11, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Oh yeah, I did answer my own question. They don't ask the little beasties to fold imaginary boxes an label faces to determine a bee's IQ, they weigh the brain.

    February 11, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Nature Neuroscience: "Reversible switching between epigenetic states in honeybee behavioral subcastes" is on the web at
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "DNA methylation is widespread and associated with differential gene expression in castes of the honeybee, Apis mellifera" is at
    PLoS Biology: "The Honey Bee Epigenomess: Differential Methylation of Brain DNA in Queens and Workers" is at

    And no, I can't understand even half of this stuff either :-)

    February 11, 2013

  • Mike and Aimee M.

    Dr. Oz finally gets it right, "Everything You Know About Cholesterol Is Wrong."

    February 11, 2013

  • Mike and Aimee M.

    Here are some links for the after lecture discussion on health:

    Sugar: The bitter truth - Dr. Robert Lustig;

    World's Healthiest Foods:

    Gary Taubes blog - Author of "Why We Get Fat" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories"

    Gary Taubes's Primal BluePrint

    February 11, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Really interesting, great fodder for nature/nurture/environment discussions, but a question... Apparently as a honeybee transitions from nurse to forager she gets less intelligent. So how does one measure the IQ of a honeybee?

    February 10, 2013

  • Karen

    Interesting research. Nice to see everyone.

    February 10, 2013

  • Mercedes M.


    February 1, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Oh YEAH!

    January 31, 2013

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