Aug 28

Repair the Damage of Ancient DNA

Category: Discussion, Education by Stone Culdesac

What: Discussion with Phil Holliger from the Medical Research Council Molecular Biology Lab in Cambridge about a new way to more accurately repair the damage of ancient DNA.

When: September 13th, 6pm GMT

Where: Second Nature

This is going to be a series of events held on Second Nature, where scientists of all types will come along and talk about their work to anyone who wants to listen. We haven’t hosted an event in Second Life before, but I have attended several which have been really interesting - short informal talks, followed by a discussion seem to be perfect for Second Life where the audience is perhaps less inhibited than in real world meetings, so discussion flows more freely.

Talks will start in September, and be perhaps approximately fortnightly - we have a number of speakers already lined up, but if you’re a scientist and fancy giving it a go, by all means let me know!

More details nearer the time, but keep September 12th, 6pm GMT free for a discussion with Phil Holliger from the Medical Research Council Molecular Biology Lab in Cambridge. Phil works with ancient DNA: DNA samples retrieved from specimens of forensic, paleontological or archaeological interest. DNA naturally degrades over time, making it very difficult to amplify and analyze, and Phil will be talking about a new way to more accurately repair the damage, which he recently tried out on a 60,000 year-old cave bear.

To whet your appetite, Phil will be followed in the autumn by a host of other speakers, covering topics including a new affordable drugs initiative, scientific patents, the foraging strategies of cormorants and how flooding cut Britain off from the continent and turned it into an island. All the events will be free, open to anyone, and no specialist knowledge is required, so if you don’t have a Second Life account, now’s the perfect time to get one. Source: Events on Second Nature

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