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NATURE Lab Workshop with Heather Dewey-Hagborg: Who Do You Think You Are- DNA Ancestry and Biosurveillance

November 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm 7:00 pm EST

Learn to use a hand-held DNA sequencer to explore DNA and ancestry, and join in a lecture/discussion: Privacy in the Era of Personal Genomics. How much can you learn about a stranger from a stray cigarette butt? Our DNA can reveal stories about us—including our ancestry, disease risks, physical characteristics, and predispositions. These stories pass from parent to child hidden within our cells. Today, millions of people have explored their DNA to uncover these stories using direct-to-consumer sequencing services. In the process, new questions about ancestry and the predictive power of the genome have arisen. What does (and doesn’t) your DNA reveal? How are emerging genetic technologies reinforcing age old stereotypes and what can we do to subvert them? In this workshop we will take a tour of diy biotech including DNA extraction, phenotyping, and concoction of our own genetic obfuscation spray. We will explore the present and future of biological surveillance and discuss what you can do to resist it. Funded by NEA BioArt Futures…

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12181 United States
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