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Science & Faith: Human Genetics

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Refreshments – 6:30 pm
Presentation  – 7:00 pm
Discussion – 7:30 pm

Discussion facilitator: Glenn Magelssen, Ph.D.

Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. We share more genes with organisms that are closely related to us. For example, study of the chimpanzees genome indicates a difference of about 1.2% from humans. However, there are still significant differences between us. A video will be used to illustrate our genome differences with other living things and will describe the role of chromosomes, DNA, RNA and proteins in the development of a human being. We will briefly mention how the field of epigenetics has increased our understanding of how environment impacts who we are by switching genes on and off without changing our DNA sequence. We will also mention how the Male Y chromosome is being used to trace our human origin.

About our presenter:

Glenn Magelssen has a PhD from the University of Colorado. His scientific research has included solar physics, laser and ion beam fusion, neutral nets, code development and stockpile stewardship. He has studied theology most of his life and taken a four year course called EFM from the University of the South on Old and New Testament, Christian history and Christian Theology. He has been influenced by many authors including C. S. Lewis, Joseph Sitler, Walter Wangerin, Richard Feynman, John Steinbeck, Clarence Jordan and Paul Tournier.

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