Our DNA makes us who we are, but what made our DNA the way it is? Trace the history of our DNA with New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean as he highlights some of the subjects covered in his book, “The Violinist’s Thumb.” You will learn more about our DNA and its history than Mendel and his pea plants ever could have hoped for. There will also be some interesting facts about Einstein’s Brain to boot.
What You Will Learn
- What happened to Einstein’s brain after he died
- The genetic bases of general human intelligence and large brains
- Why brain cells use DNA quite differently than other cells
- The surprising amount of Neanderthal and other hominid DNA surviving in modern humans
- And much more!
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Experts
Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Violinist’s Thumb (a look at lost human history buried in our DNA) and The Disappearing Spoon (a romp through the periodic table). He writes for Science, and his books have been featured on “Radiolab,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.”
Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988.
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