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UI Explorers Seminar: “The Personal Genome: Discoveries of ancestry, genealogy and more through direct-to-consumer genetic analysis” with Bryant McAllister, UI Biology

Event Details

February 19, 2015 7:00 PM
Location: University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
17 N. Clinton St.
Iowa City, Iowa
Contact Name: Sarah Horgen
Email: uimnh@uiowa.edu
Phone: 319-335-0606
Website: http://uiowa.edu/mnh

Event Description

Advances in human genetics over the past 30 years have enabled the emergence and growth of a “genetics for entertainment” marketplace. Maybe you have considered purchasing, or have already purchased a test yourself from one of the varied companies in this market (e.g., Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, The Genographic Project, and 23andMe)? This talk will summarize the science underlying these genetic tests while also contrasting the products delivered by each. Whether your primary interest is discovering deep ancestral origins, supporting genealogical relationships, or predicting physical/behavioral characteristics, your personal genome provides unique insight.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History hosts the monthly Explorers Seminars Series on Thursday evenings, featuring interdisciplinary public lectures by researchers from the University of Iowa and beyond who explore science, the environment, prehistory, culture and the interactions of such topics. A cross-section of UI departments are represented in the series each semester, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 45 minute presentation, followed by discussion and refreshments from Molly’s Cupcakes in Iowa City.