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Wide-Roving Winter Science at New York Genome Center’s Five Points Lectures

January 5, 2016

Wednesday mornings this winter, the New York Genome Center (NYGC) hosts a superb line-up of Five Points Lectures, bringing outstanding scientists from near and far to discuss fresh genomic research, in technical detail, with New York’s researchers and clinicians. This month’s lectures span diverse insights from the genomes of dogs, people…and even single cells.

On January 6, Cornell University’s Adam Boyko explores how dogs’ genomes record striking traces of 15000 years of human tinkering – and what those patterns, in turn, reveal about history, physiology, and even human health.

On January 13, Harvard University’s Kasper Lage proposes new ways to functionally interpret genomes through the prism of biological networks.

On January 20, Baylor University’s Sharon Plon shares hardwon mechanistic, epidemiologal, and logistical insights from sequencing the protein-coding genes of thousands of people to diagnose nerve diseases and childhood cancers.

On January 27, Columbia University’s Peter Sims discusses efforts to optically and transcriptionally profile single cells, thoroughly and efficiently, through scalable microfluidics.

About the Five Points Lectures
Named for an early Manhattan crossroads – remembered as a rowdy but cosmopolitan gathering place, and nexus for progress in public health – the Five Points Lectures bring outstanding scientists from near and far, to discuss their work in technical detail with researchers and clinicians from institutions served by NYGC, in order to strengthen our grasp of key biological questions and methods. Speakers present fresh and intriguing findings, along with thoughtful views on their respective fields, in full scientific depth. Talks last roughly 45 minutes — often framing five or so key points, in a nod to the series’ name — followed by 15 minutes of open Q&A, and 30 minutes of informal chat over refreshments. Speakers may then meet with one or several attending colleagues, for further discussion. The Five Point Lectures thus complement NYGC’s monthly Evening Talks, which address listeners of more varied expertise, including layfolk.

About the New York Genome Center
The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit at the forefront of transforming biomedical research and clinical care with the mission of saving lives. As a consortium of renowned academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, NYGC focuses on translating genomic research into clinical solutions for serious disease. Our member organizations and partners are united in this unprecedented collaboration of technology, science, and medicine. We harness the power of innovation and discoveries to improve people’s lives — ethically, equitably, and urgently. Member institutions include: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, The Jackson Laboratory, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York University, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), The Rockefeller University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Stony Brook University and IBM.

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