When:Tuesday June 8, 2010
Where:The Bell House
149 7th St.
between 2nd and 3rd avenues
The “Secret Science Club” presents . . .“Past Life Analysis”–Molecular Biologist Lee M. Silver Steps Into the DNA Time Machine.
For a few hundred bucks and a tube of your own spit, you can now obtain a read-out of “secret histories” embedded in your DNA. Thanks to growing data on the genetics of human populations, the budding field of “deep ancestry” promises to take your family tree to a whole new level. Could a quick look at your personal genome reveal that you’re a descendant of Marie Antoinette? Genghis Khan? Charles Darwin? Turn the clock back even further, and you might learn what path your ancient ancestors took as Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa.
Molecular biologist and biotechnology expert Lee M. Silver reveals the surprising tales hidden in his own genome. (For example, did his maternal ancestor really get hot and heavy with a man from another species? Shwing!) And he explores the ethics and anxieties society faces as science makes increasingly dramatic advances in personal genomics.
When the future meets the past, get ready for a whole new you . . .
A professor of molecular biology and public policy at Princeton University, Lee M. Silver is the author of “Challenging Nature” and “Remaking Eden.” He has appeared as a featured scientist on the “Colbert Report,” “Charlie Rose,” “60 Minutes,” and “Nightline.” His research focuses on cloning, advanced reproductive technologies, genetic testing, human stem cells, and genetic engineering.
Before & After
–Groove to genetically altered tunes
–Imbibe our past-life-regenerating cocktail, the Wayback Machine
–Stick around for the mind-blowing Q&A
Doors open at 7:15 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self.