The Secret Science Club Dives Into Inner Space with Molecular Geneticist Alea Mills
The Bell House (149 7th St., Brooklyn)
Our genes inform everything from the color of our eyes to the thousands of biochemical processes that construct and maintain our bodies. With rapid advances in gene sequencing technology over the past decade, scientists are increasingly working to pinpoint the specific functions of genes in both wellness and disease.
Molecular geneticist Alea Mills of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is among the most preeminent of these gene hunters and a pioneer in the field of chromosome engineering. Traversing the microscopic world of the cell, she has discovered DNA hotspots that play a critical role in aging and cancer, and most recently, uncovered a genetic cluster that, when deleted, may be a cause of autism. Dr. Mills asks: Where will the future of genetic technology take us?
Before & After
–Groove to genetically altered tunes
–Try our experimental cocktail of the night, the Mutating Martini
–Stick around for the scintillating Q&A