Rob DeSalle and Michael Yudell to appear at the American Museum of Natural History

December 03, 2004

Rob DeSalle and Michael Yudell, authors of "Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future," will be speaking at the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday, December 16, at 7 p.m.

Leading us on a fascinating and instructive tour through one of the most important moments in the history of biology, Dr. DeSalle and Mr. Yudell will address the power and potential of DNA, including the history of the genome, present-day and anticipated future advancements, and the issues involved in this ever-changing area of science.

Unraveling the often-misunderstood mystery of the genome and how it can better our lives, Dr. DeSalle and Mr. Yudell will discuss such controversial and vital topics as:This event is open to the public. There is a $15.00 Admission ($13.50 for members, students, and seniors).

There will be a question and answer session following the presentation, and books will be available for purchase.

About the Authors:

Rob DeSalle, Ph.D., is Curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology and Co-Director of the Molecular Systematics Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He was lead curator for the recent highly successful "The Genomics Revolution" exhibit now on tour throughout the United States. He holds adjunct professorships at Columbia University, New York University, and City University of New York. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. DeSalle co-authored "The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World" and curated the Museum's 1999 landmark exhibition "Epidemic! The World of Infectious Disease."

Michael Yudell is Assistant Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health. He has previously held the position of researcher in the Molecular Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History, where his work focused on genome policy and ethics, and the position of health policy analyst at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He is the editor, with Rob DeSalle, of "The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling the Unity of Life." His current project looks at the history of scientific racism from eugenics to genomics.

About "Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to the Genomic Past, Present, and Future"

Based on the highly-popular "Genomics Revolution" exhibit that was held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and is now on tour throughout the U.S., "Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to the Genomic Past, Present, and Future" (Wiley; September 2004; Cloth; $29.95; 0-471-45331-5; http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471453315.html) probes today's most cutting-edge science and its far-reaching implications. This fascinating book delves into the past discoveries that led to the sequencing of the human genome, presents genomics challenges facing today's scientists as well as society in general, and outlines future possibilities of the developing genome era. Social issues, particularly questions of ethics, receive special attention, covering an important area too often overshadowed by science and technology.
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