The Center for Values Presents: Joan Slonczewski

Joan Slonczewski

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

The Good Viruses: How Viruses Enhance Life and Improve our Genomes

Bad viruses like measles and Ebola get all the attention. Yet, there are other viruses that circulate in our blood and gut with health benefits that scientists are just beginning to understand. Our own human DNA is full of sequences from ancient viruses that contributed genes we need. Today, we are engineering the HIV virus, the cause of AIDS, for gene therapies to cure cancer and treat genetic defects.

About the speaker:

Joan Slonczewski is a professor of biology at Kenyon College where she holds the Robert A. Oden, Jr. Professorship and studies the evolution of bacteria and viruses. She conceived the Mitochondrial Singularity hypothesis — that humans are becoming the “mitochondria” of their own machine. Besides authoring numerous research articles, Slonczewski also writes science-fiction novels that explore the concepts of biology and artificial intelligence such as A Door into Ocean and The Highest Frontier. She also authors the leading microbiology textbook, Microbiology: An Evolving Science.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

For more information contact:
Magdalena Grohman
[email protected]

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