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'Science on Tap' to Discuss Genetic Science and Medical Cures

by on May 16, 2017 9:12 AM

When, or if, genetic science will lead to medical cures will be the topic of a discussion led by Penn State researcher Kenneth Weiss at 7 p.m. today at Liberty Craft House as part of the Science on Tap series.

Weiss, the Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics at Penn State, has studied for decades the evolutionary processes that drive genetic complexity underlying human disease. 

Although genetic sciences have led to many breakthroughs, they have yet to transform the way diseases are treated.

“For 25 years we’ve been promised miracles from genetic medicine, but these miracles haven’t really happened. Why is that, and what should we do about it?” Weiss said. 

Science on Tap is a monthly series, presented by the graduate student-run Penn State Science Policy Society, to offer informal discussions between leading Penn State researchers and the public.

“Science on Tap broadens the reach of science by incorporating it into our everyday lives”, said Theresa Kucinski, a doctoral student in chemistry and lead Science on Tap organizer. "Science should be accessible to all”.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn about how our differences can affect how we are treated when we get sick, all while eating dinner and drinking great beer” added co-organizer Jared Mondschein.

Attendees must by 21 or older. For more information, visit sites.psu.edu/psusciencepolicy/

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