Canada's national DNA Day is taking place Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
DNA Day is a unique day where students, teachers, and the public can participate in three different video conferences - two in English and one in French - to connect with Canadian experts to learn about genetics and genomics. This year’s DNA Day, presented by Let’s Talk Science, is taking place on Tuesday, April 25.
The agenda for DNA Day is as follows:
Panel 1: DNA Barcoding and Food Security
Presented in collaboration with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
- Dr. Bob Hanner (moderator) — Associate Professor, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph
- Amanda Naaum — Lead Molecular Biologist, TRU-ID Ltd.
- Jeff Farber — Full Professor,Department of Food Science, University of Guelph
Panel 2: Synthetic Biology
Presented in collaboration with Ontario Genomics
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Jordan Thomson (moderator) —Manager of Strategic Planning, Ontario Genomics
- Justin Pahara and Julie Legault — Amino Labs
- Bogumil Karas — Western University and Designer Microbes
- Mark Poznansky — CEO, Ontario Genomics
All panel chats will be streamed directly on letstalkDNA.ca. Questions can be submitted through the online form on the DNA Day webpage, or by email to email@example.com. Pre-submitted questions have a better chance of being answered live but questions that can’t be answered in the allotted time period will be answered afterwards by the experts.
This is the seventh year Let’s Talk Science has hosted DNA Day. DNA Day was developed to shine a spotlight on DNA and genetics research and explore what makes all living things unique and different. It is celebrated in April for two reasons:
- To commemorate James Watson and Francis Crick’s paper published in April 1953 describing the structure of DNA and the discovery of the double helix
- To celebrate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003
DNA Day is made possible thanks to the generous support from our partners, Ontario Genomics, Génome Québec and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario – University of Guelph.