> Nerd Nite May [52]: Genomes and Honeycombs

Nerd Nite May [52]: Genomes and Honeycombs

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, May 17th
Doors open at 6:30 (get there early for seats!), talks start at 7:30
RSVP: http://bit.ly/NNsea516

~Kathy Cox: Honeybees are the Canary in the Coal Mine~

Hear about ways to help without getting stung! Find out where the boy bees hang out. Get the scoop on the Queen’s sex life. Discover that bee stings are good for you. Bees are changing medicine. Did you know that bees brains defy time? They have personalities. Their architecture is perfectly strong. They help find serial killers! BEES are a fascinating super organism. Come learn about the art and science to beekeeping.

A Journeyman beekeeper, Kathy has kept bees for 14 years and bought her first 6 hives at a garage sale! She was previously a side-liner and commercial Beekeeper and is now a retired backyard Beek. Her style of beekeeping is chemical free and survival of the fittest! Bees are her passion and she loves sharing her knowledge with others. Kathy is a 2015-2016 Trustee for Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, a member of Washington State Beekeepers Association, American Federation of Beekeepers and is the Master Beekeeper Education/Certification Coordinator for PSBA. She is currently teaching newbees and is a Master Beekeeper candidate.

~Jake Herman: Gene Editing: Natural Origins, Complex Future~
GMO, retrovirus, frankenfood, CRISPR, transgenic, designer babies, disease cures – altering genetic material is a complex technology and an even more complex ethical discussion. As with most biological technologies, nature did it first. Genetic engineers have learned tricks from sexual reproduction, bacteria, and viruses to create technologies such as TALENs, homing endonucleases, CRISPR, embryonic microinjections, and viral gene transfer. With a drink in hand, we’ll start by exploring the science behind genetic engineering, then look at current uses for gene editing outside the lab, including cancer therapies, agriculture, and bioreactors.

Jake always wanted to be a physicist, but it constantly made him feel insignificant and bad at math. Those challenges paired with a Jurassic Park obsession landed him in the field of molecular biology. He is currently working at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center to develop therapeutics that inhibit mitosis in brain and other cancers.

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