Southworth Planetarium Science Lecture Series 2015

Not just for beer anymore: How yeast cells teach us about human disease.

Southworth Planetarium Science Lecture Series
Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Dr Christopher Burd

Dr Christopher Burd, Yale Medical School 


NOT JUST FOR BEER ANYMORE:  How Yeast Cells Teach Us About Human Disease

For thousands of years humankind has used yeast, a single cell microorganism, to produce wine, beer, bread and other foods.  In the 1970’s, biomedical researchers began to use yeast to identify genes required for cell growth and these efforts played key roles in understanding the genetic basis of human disease, including cancer, metabolic disease, and many other diseases. I will explain how researchers continue to use yeast cells to dissect complex human diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's disease, and to develop new therapeutic approaches for treating disease.
Admission by donation. 

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