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What you can learn from your spit about your ancestry & health

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Boyce Thompson Institute, Auditorium


The study of DNA variation in humans is becoming part of the fabric of people’s lives.  It’s playing a major role in providing insights into our origins, wo our ancestors were, and who we are related to, as well as to solving decades old “cold cases” of murder and rape. In medicine, it’s playing a rapidly expanding role in many areas, particularly obstetrics and oncology. Cancer is ultimately caused by mutations, and you can trace the mutational history of tumors to help choose tumor-mechanism specific treatments that have better success rates and fewer side effects.  I will provide an overview of some of the promise, and limitations, of these approaches in both ancestry inference and medicine, and provide some examples from students in my BioMG 1290 Personal Genomics and Medicine class at Cornell.

[come anytime after 2pm for refreshments]

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CAPE: Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti

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CynthiaAnne Robinson

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Charles F. "Chip" Aquadro

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Director, Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics

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