science: cryptogenomics - using the "bigfoot genome" for 21st century biology

Hosted by SixDegrees

Public group



Level 2, 18 Allen Street · Wellington

How to find us

Look for the Foot Law building on Allen St, come on up the stairs, through the door, passed the kitchen, haere mai!

Location image of event venue


what we are doing

Earlier this year researchers claimed to have published a bigfoot genome sequence.

We will use publicly available tools and data to learn what they actually sequenced, then compare their results to those of recent studies that really used DNA evidence to show the existence on different human species.

what you will learn

Learn how to use free on-line tools to compare the genetics of the "sasquatch sequence" with other known species - all from your own laptop!

You'll come away knowing:

what the tools are where to access them, how they work and finally be able to figure out where 'sasquatch' is descended from and whether it's real or not!
type of class intro

skill required beginner

your chalkler will be

David Winter has won a bunch of prizes for his research and has been called an 'epic science communicator' for his work on Sciblogs ( Oh, and he's got a PhD in genetics too.

what to bring

a laptop to access the internet from - wireless code will be provided.

cost 15.00 (incl. GST)

how to book and pay

We expect pre-payment for all classes.

RSVP and pay using this paypal link (

deposit 15.00 into chalkle's Kiwibank account:
Reference:[masked] - Your name

If you are not a member of chalkle, please pay using the instructions above and email [masked] to confirm your RSVP

We require a minimum of 3 people for this class to go ahead.

our cancellation policy
If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle°. You may request to rejoin after six months.
If you cancel your RSVP:
- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm the night before = no refund and a "no show" will be recorded

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