Thu Apr 6, 02017, 11:30PM UTC
Genomes are The Long Now
A Long Now Boston Conversation with Mary Mangan, molecular and computational biologist.
Mary has been fascinated with biology since spending summers at Hampton Beach engrossed by the tide pools. This led to degrees in Microbiology, Plant Cell Biology, and eventually a PhD in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. Moving to computational biology, bioinformatics and genomics as those fields emerged, she finds databases are the new tide pools for her. And new waves keep washing interesting things in. For some publications, you can see her Google Scholar profile at http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rHeltqQAAAAJ).
The genomes of organisms around us today, and some of those that are no longer alive, carry crucial information about our past and also frame our future directions. In addition, it’s also becoming possible to “Revive and Restore” lost species. Organizing and visualizing DNA sequence data is key to using it effectively to understand the history of life of this planet, and for potentially using it to create new variations with impacts on our health and environment.
In this talk, Mary Mangan discussed how researchers currently access species genomic data in the UCSC Genome Browser. She highlighted some revealing and important projects as well as some potential trip-wires in personal genomics data that services like 23andMe provide.