Countless books are filled with many fascinating stories about our past as a people. But emerging studies into our DNA also have stories to tell us, about who and where we come from and what it may mean for us today. How do we access this information and what does it tell us about our history, our ancestors and ourselves? This talk will use DNA to tell one such story.
We all know that we will get old. But the outstanding question for Science is "Why?" Why do we age? What is the fundamental biology of aging? Understanding the biological imperative of aging sheds light not only on our fascinating and intricate biology, but helps us also reconcile perhaps the most fundamental question of all--why we die. For scientists, the biological basis for aging offers tantalizing insights into life, death and--perhaps most profound of all--the quest for immortality.
Your personal genome contains clues to your past and predictions about your future. The Human Genome Project created an explosion in the world of genetics and is now revolutionizing the practice of medicine. This talk will review our knowledge of genomics, how we analyze DNA, and the implications of new testing technologies for health care. We’ll also see how this evolving science has helped elucidate our Jewish genetic roots.