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Illuminating Disease ~ Green Fluorescent Proteins & Modern Medical Research

  • LaGrua Center 32 Water Street Stonington, CT 06378 (map)

with Connecticut College Professor Marc Zimmer

Originally hailing from South Africa, Connecticut College Professor Marc Zimmer will join us to discuss his latest book, Illuminating Disease.  Green fluorescent proteins have been floating in the ocean for more than 160 million years, but it took a curious scientist, fascinated by pinpricks of green light, to begin unlocking their potential. Now these jellyfish proteins have become one of the most important tools available to researchers in modern medicine and biology. Green fluorescent proteins are used in over three million experiments a year and have proved invaluable for tasks such as tracking HIV, breeding bird flu-resistant chickens, and confirming the existence of cancerous stem cells.  Marc will also be bringing his GFP-axolotl creature for the audience to meet!

Suggested donation $5

Earlier Event: February 21
Stonington Village Farmers Market
Later Event: February 23
Calvary Church Lenten Lunch