Genomics LogoDid you miss the Wednesday-evening lecture series on current studies of genetics presented by the University of Arizona College of Science? If so, you can still see and hear them at the Arizona Senior Academy, which is offering repeat performances between Feb. 27 and April 10. Four of the six events will be digital replays, while two will be live by the lecturers who will be available to answer questions.

The first in the Academy series will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27). It will be a digital replay of the introductory lecture by Professor Fernando Martinez entitled “Are Genes the Software of Life?” Dr. Martinez is a Regents Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona and the Director of both the UA Bio5 Institute and the Arizona Respiratory Center.

In his illustrated lecture, Prof. Martinez focuses on the differences between mechanistic control by engineering designs or computer software, on the one hand, and how DNA may control the performance and/or the evolution of organisms on the other.  The 60-minute lecture will be followed by a 10-minute questions-and-answer period.

Submitted by Marcia Neugebauer, Academy Village Volunteer

Genomics Now – UA Lectures: Feb. 2013