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Genomics Teen Science Cafe: DNA Code Breaking— How We Read DNA to Conquer Disease

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM



CIC@CET (Cambridge Innovation Center at the Center for Emerging Technologies)
20 South Sarah Street (off Forest Park Avenue), St. Louis, MO 63108

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students.  If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call 314.533.8586.

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Featured Speaker: Michael White, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics and Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine

How does DNA store genetic information? Fifty years ago, scientists cracked the genetic code and learned how our genes store information. The genetic code helps us ‘read’ our genes to understand how they work, and how mutations break them in disease. But it turns out that the genetic code only works on a tiny fraction of our DNA, and so we can’t read the rest.Come learn how genome scientists are trying to crack another genetic code to read and understand the other important parts of our DNA — like the parts that control our genes, switching them on when they’re needed and keeping them off when they’re not. You can try your hand at cracking DNA codes and find out how DNA code breaking plays an important role in creating new personalized medical treatments.

unnamedBio: Michael White is an Assistant Professor of Genetics at the Washington University Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2005, and has been at Washington University ever since. He uses the latest genome technologies and computer algorithms to break DNA codes and understand how genetic information is stored in our DNA. Michael is also a science columnist for Pacific Standard magazine, and co-founder of The Finch & Pea, a blog that covers just about anything that has to do with science.

Instagram Challenge!

As part of our Teen Science Cafe, we’re encouraging students to visit the Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit on display at the Saint Louis Science Center through September 1, 2015. Students are asked to Instagram their experience by taking a selfie during their visit to the exhibit or at our Teen Science Cafe! The 10 Instagram photos with the most likes win science prizes! To complete the challenge follow these steps:

  1. Follow the Academy on Instagram
  2. Visit the Exhibit and take a selfie using Instagram
  3. Use hashtag #genomestl
  4. Tag the Academy on Instagram

At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.

Parents, our teen leaders request that you please plan on waiting outside the program or dropping your student off.

DNA Code Breaking is a special Academy of Science Teen Science Cafe Year of the Genome partnership of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, on display at the Saint Louis Science Center through September 10, 2015.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
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20 South Sarah Street
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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