Starting this Thursday, April 3, 2008 I’ll be attending this year’s What’s the Big Idea?, a series of lectures given by UNC Chapel Hill scientists focusing on genetics, ethics and human health. For a mere 30 dollars I was able to register for all four lectures! The topics are very interesting and close to my personal interests in bioinformatics and gene therapy. Did you know I have a degree in biochemistry?
The series kicks off with a fairly interesting lecture: an introduction to stem cell research and genetic engineering. Then, for the next 3 weeks there will be lectures on gene and tissue engineering, genetic research and its medical applications, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics/genomics research. I can’t hardly wait.