Of Special Interest
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CRISPR’s Potential to Change the World
Gene-editing has the power to control evolution. CRISPR is a technology that can be used to edit genes and is already changing the world. CRISPR will transform medicine as it is being used to treat and prevent many diseases (including sickle cell anemia). CRISPR acts like a scissor cutting the DNA at a certain spot and then science can remove, add, or replace the DNA. Learn how Jennifer Douda and Emmanuelle Charpentier won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering the main gene-editing tool, CRISPR-CAS9.
CE-SCI 2060, 3 Tues., Oct. 5-19, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #83566
Are you fascinated by how genealogists, DNA and genetics are revolutionizing criminology, cracking cold cases, freeing innocent people, and bringing justice to families? Modern scientific advances in forensics and the determination of investigators to track down perpetrators of horrific crimes by using DNA technology has led to the capture and incarceration of tens of thousands of criminals. Learn about these cases and how they were solved using these advanced methods. Please email instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org for list of optional books.
CE-SCI 2058, 3 Wed., Sept. 8-22, 6:30-8:30 pm, $78. T Riley. #83567
12 Deadliest Viruses on Earth and the Coronavirus
Join us for an in-depth study of the world of viruses. Mankind has been battling viruses for millions of years and untold billions have perished from viral diseases. Smallpox alone has killed hundreds of millions of people throughout history. Hear the latest on Covid-19 and why it attacks some people with catastrophic results and leaves others with minor symptoms. Why do some people experience devastating disabilities after recovery? Which vaccines hold promise? What have we learned from this pandemic? Discuss how the way we work, telemedicine, and school learning is forever changed.
CE-HLTH 2099VA, 3 Mon., Nov. 1-15, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #83565