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November 2018

Genome Browser Workshops: Various Locations

November 13 - November 29

Do you suspect that there is a lot more to the Genome Browser than you have been using? Timeslots are available to host a Genome Browser workshop at your institution. Thanks to the funding support of NHGRI, we are able to offer hands-on Genome Browser training onsite at your institution at very affordable prices, tailored to your audience's level of expertise. For more information or to submit a request to host a workshop, please visit our sign-up page. Can’t host? Catch…

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CAN WE BUILD ARTIFICIAL LIFE?

November 28 @ 10:40 am - 11:45 am PST

Dr. Drew Endy Associate Chair, Education Stanford Bioengineering Abstract: The capacity to construct and operate organisms from defined molecules without constraint to natural lineage or artificial environment would mark the start of a new era for biology and everything life impacts.  Two complementary approaches have and are being pursued, natural lineage minimization and bottom-up synthesis. Minimization approaches have, for over 20 years, encountered the puzzle of "essential genes of unknown function."  Synthetic approaches are beginning to acknowledge the complementary puzzle…

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Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

November 30 @ 10:40 am - 11:45 am PST

Stuart Russell Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley November 30, 2018 Location: E2 Simularium 10:40 a.m. -11:45 a.m. - includes Q&A, Discussion Abstract: I will briefly survey recent and expected developments in AI and their implications. Some are enormously positive, while others, such as the development of autonomous weapons and the replacement of humans in economic roles, may be negative. Beyond these, one must expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making…

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December 2018

Designing the Destiny of Biological Diversity: The Expanding Role of Humankind in Biological Evolution

December 5 @ 10:40 am - 11:45 am PST

Oliver A. Ryder, Ph.D. Kleberg Endowed Director of Conservation Genetics Dec. 5, 2018 10:40 a.m. -11:45 a.m. - Location: E2 Simularium includes Q&A, Discussion Abstract: The potential impact of the continuing development of collecting and freezing viable cells of extant species, combined with advancements in biological knowledge of genomes, stem cells, and comparative reproduction will bring to humankind the ability to manipulate life on Earth and its onward evolution that is unprecedented. Our species has assumed a role more active than…

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The impact of Neanderthal ancestry on human phenotypes

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

Christopher Robles Graduate Research Fellow, University of California Los Angeles Location: E2-215 Dec. 7, 12PM - 1PM  Abstract: While multiple instances of admixture between archaic and modern humans have now been documented, the biological consequences of these admixture events on modern humans are not fully understood. We analyzed about 80,000 introgressed Neanderthal alleles across 107 distinct phenotypes measured in up to 495,000 people of European ancestry in the UK Biobank dataset, taking advantage of more than 6,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)…

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