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Join us as we explore the role of the DNA genetic code, our body’s master recipe book, and see how it controls our body’s structure and all its functions. We will first describe how DNA code specifies 20 thousand different kinds of proteins in our bodies. Then we will look at examples of DNA’s many higher-level functions, including how cells differentiate from stem cells into many specific tissue types, how genetic programs regulate development from embryo to adult, and even how DNA ‘mug shots’ identify pathogens and provide immunity. This class is designed to present the big picture and to help students understand emerging genetic technologies like gene editing using CRISPR, rational vaccine development, and new cancer treatments. We will make use of animations of biological processes when available. Active discussion will be encouraged. This course is meant to be accessible to anyone with an interest in science. No particular biology knowledge is assumed.

DNA The Recipes of Life
Kiril Sinkel, Outside Instructor
6 Mondays, 10am - 12pm (3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6)
Class will be held in-person at Brooksby Village in Peabody.

Affiliated With:

University College