I've been fortunate twice this year to have the Central New York (CNY) Skeptics force me to commit to a presentation topics I thought were worth presenting. As a complement to the audio that will appear at some point on the CNY Skeptics site, I've posted the non-animated slides as a PDF below. And the press photo's from a way-back Excelsior Cornet Band gig where I had too long a wait between playing and marching.
CNY Skeptics Presents Damian Allis, Ph.D., on "A Most Unlikely Obvious Molecule: DNA And Its Consequences"
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:00 pm
DeWitt Community Library at Shoppingtown Mall
Buckland Community Room
DNA is Nature's medium of digital information storage and access from which cellular machinery produces life itself. The 60 years of advances in our understanding of DNA have run in parallel with advances in computer technology and information science, and we are now entering an age of whole-genome maps, customized diagnoses, medicines, and dosages from genetic testing, and genetic modification that may eradicate some disorders completely. From super crops to super humans, the genetic information age offers humanity many different possible outcomes. This lecture will cover some of the history, machinery, possibilities, and consequences of DNA life.
Dr. Damian Allis is a research professor in the Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University, research fellow with the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, and bioinformaticist for Aptamatrix, Inc. He contains approximately 20 billion miles of DNA.