STEM Café program explores links between DNA, disease, treatment

July 4, 2016

At the next STEM Café, “The Human Blueprint,” Northern Illinois University Associate Professor of Biology Rick Johns will explore the latest scientific understanding of how genes relate to medical conditions – then describe the challenge of translating this understanding into treatments.

The free talk and discussion will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 12, at Fatty’s Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

Johns will discuss inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease and sickle cell anemia, plus diseases with a strong genetic component such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and cancer.

In his research, Johns focuses on computer analyses of DNA from multiple life forms, including Drosophila flies, maize, rice, pigs and petunias.

This event is part of NIU STEM Outreach’s series of STEM Cafés, all of which are free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Fatty’s.

For information, call 815-753-4751 or email jdymond@niu.edu.