KPU & Science World: Speaker Series

Talk: The War in Our Genes

Speaker: Mikael Mokkonen, KPU Biology/SFU Biological Sciences

Abstract: The modern world poses many challenges to human health through new diseases and a rapidly aging population. This modern environment is quite different from the ancestral environment in which humans originally evolved, thus creating a mismatch that may be responsible for a variety of disorders and diseases. This talk will discuss how conflicts of interest in our genomes, mismatches between our genes and our environment, as well as trade-offs between life stages have allowed common diseases and disorders such as pre-eclampsia, cancer, diabetes and even aging to affect modern humans.

The KPU-Science World Speaker Series is a partnership developed between KPU and Science World that supports the expansion of science in our communities. Join us for our fifth season of talks that work to engage, entertain and educate guests with fascinating insights into the world of science.

Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 7pm–8:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Location: Science World at TELUS World of Science

6pm–Explore the exhibits in Science World’s Body Works Gallery
7pm–Presentation starts

Tickets to this event are free, but registration is required.


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