PeriodicTables: Durham’s Science Cafe Aug 14th

Traffic Cops of the Genome

Scientists have long known that the environment – what we eat, where we live, work and play, what we are exposed to – plays an important role in shaping our health. The mechanisms explaining this relationship have been more challenging to uncover. Complete sequencing of the human genome opened the door for in-depth exploration of how these 3 billion base pairs are regulated to make the cells in our bodies function correctly, at the right place and right time.

Scientists are currently working to understand a remarkable regulatory system that is present within every cell that interprets cues from the environment to shape the way our genomes work. But what happens to this system when we are exposed to an ‘unhealthy’ environment? Are we particularly vulnerable to these effects at particular stages of our lives? Join Dr. Susan Murphy, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University, as she discusses the links between the environment, regulation of the genome, and the health of our children.

Who: Dr. Susan Murphy, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University

Where: Broad Street Cafe, 1116 Broad Street, Durham

When: Tuesday, August 14th @7pm (2nd Tuesday of every month)

Parking: We understand that parking can be tough so please feel free to park at the NC School for Science and Math (catty-corner to Broad Street Cafe)

Additional Info: http://www.ncmls.org/periodictables

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