November 2012 CNY Skeptics Meeting

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November 2012 CNY Skeptics Meeting

Post by hardindr » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:21 pm

“A Most Unlikely Obvious Molecule - DNA And Its Consequences”

Presentation by Damian Gregory Allis, Ph.D

Sponsored by CNY Skeptics

Time: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:00 PM

Where: Dewitt Community Library in the Shoppingtown Mall, Dewitt, NY

Event is Free and Open to the Public

Please contact David Harding at 315-636-6533 for more information

Presentation Summary:

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.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Allis is a research professor in the Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University. When not applying quantum chemical methods to the study of molecules and molecular solids, he can be found drumming in several local bands and moonlighting as the President of the Syracuse Astronomical Society. More information can be found at his website,

Central New York Skeptics (CNY Skeptics) is a community organization dedicated to the promotion of science and reason, the investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims, and the improvement of standards for science education and critical-thinking skills.