Science Ka Adda: The Human Genome

Scientists now have access to the genetic blueprint of humanity but ‘the rest of us’ have scores of unanswered questions. How is information stored in DNA? What is a genome? Do specialized chromosomes determine gender? Are some genes more dominant than others? How does mutation occur?

Join us as at T2F’s Science Ka Adda, as we embark on a scientific journey spanning 100 years – from the discovery of DNA to the deciphering of 3.2 billion bits of the human genome. Dr. Sohail A. Qureshi will reveal the myriad mysteries of genes, chromosomes and genomes and will also talk about how we can harness the power of technology to understand the function of unknown genes.

Dr. Sohail A. Qureshi is currently an Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at The Aga Khan University. He earned his doctorate in molecular biology in 1989 from the University of Maine and carried out his postdoctoral work in Glasgow and subsequently worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University. In 1997, he joined the medical school faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2001 was recruited by Invitrogen Corporation as a Senior Research Scientist of Molecular Biology and Drug Discovery. At Aga Khan University, he has an active research group which works on gene regulation, vaccine development against hepatitis C & E viruses, epilepsy, diabetes and cancer.

Date: Saturday, 24th November 2007

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