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Thursday February 21, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)



Dr. Bryce Taylor (Genome Sciences) and Phoebe Parrish (Genome Sciences)

Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” with a follow-up discussion. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research. The post-screening discussion will focus on the ethical and social implications of these events and of science research more broadly.
Thursday January 17th, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)



Dr. Sarah Nelson (Public Health Genetics) and Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences) 

Last April, law enforcement apprehended a suspect in the Golden State Killer cold case. This was achieved through the use of an online genetic genealogy database (GEDMatch) to perform familial DNA matching. Subsequently, over a dozen cold cases have been solved using similar approaches. However, the apparent success of familial DNA matching as a law-enforcement tool raises questions about privacy, “ownership” of genetic information, and familial/group consent. Please join us in discussing pros and cons of this new investigative approach, its future implications in the context of a growing consumer genetics market, and possible solutions for moving forward.

Thursday February 21st, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)



Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research.
Thursday March 14th, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)



Michael Goldberg (Genome Sciences) and Scott Spencer (Public Health Genetics)
In November 2018, Dr. He Jiankui announced the first human babies born with germline gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9. His research and actions have been met with widespread criticism from the scientific community and beyond. Join us as we discuss the CRISPR baby controversy and similar case studies to unpack the politics, policy, and philosophy surrounding human germline gene editing.
Book Club – On the Origin of Species (Salons 50-54)
Tuesday February 12 – Darwin day! – Chapters 1-4
Tuesday February 26 – Chapters 5-7
Tuesday March 19 – Chapters 8-10
Tuesday April 9 – Chapters 11-12
Tuesday April 16 — Chapters 13-14
Tuesday April 30 – conclusion and celebration
Dr. Jedidiah Carlson (Genome Sciences)
Since its inception, the field of genomics has grappled with its potential for misuse as a tool of oppression and dehumanization. Recently, there has been a resurgence of groups using discredited or distorted genetics research to bolster claims of white supremacy, igniting widespread conversations about scientists’ responsibilities for denouncing such claims. In this salon, we will discuss the ever-evolving tropes and tactics used to misappropriate genomics research for racist ideologies, evaluate the scientific community’s response, and share ideas for how we may address these issues more effectively.
Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences) and Dr. Bryce Taylor (Genome Sciences)
Science attempts to describe the world in objective terms based on observable data. However, culture can influence the scientific process and data interpretation. The use of metaphors in science, while useful for explaining complex concepts, can reveal insidious bias and potentially impact  the course of scientific investigation and reinforce cultural biases. In a 1991 piece, anthropologist Emily Martin describes gendered rhetoric used by scientists to describe the process of fertilization. Join us for a discussion on this piece and on the broader topic of metaphor use in science.
Thursday May 23rd, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)


Paint Your PhD
Dr. Bryce Taylor (Genome Sciences)
Join the Genomics Salon for an evening of art and science as we paint our PhDs! Take a break from the bench to show off the broad strokes of your research. Paints and canvas will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP to mbtaylor[at]


Thursday May 30th, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege Auditorium)
Kaley Eaton’s “Funeral Sentences for Damaged Cells”
Dr. Kaley Eaton (Cornish College of the Arts)
“Funeral Sentences for Damaged Cells” is a multi-movement piece written by Dr. Kaley Eaton, Director of Music Technology at Cornish College of the Arts. This piece is inspired by genetic inheritance and inherited trauma. The description of the work is below. Please join us for a live performance of this work followed by a brief discussion.


FUNERAL SENTENCES FOR DAMAGED CELLS by Kaley Lane Eaton is a multi-movement work for Emily Thorner, ultra-soprano, and chamber music ensemble Kin of the Moon that tells the story of Kaley’s family’s journey through multiple generational traumas and early death from inherited diseases exacerbated by these traumas, as well as Kaley’s own coping with her genetic reality as a young person. The birth of her great-great-aunt in an insane asylum; the orphaning of her great- grandparents; tumultuous migration to the American West; her grandfather’s tragic experience in a concentration camp; her mother’s untimely death from cancer; and the current situation of the living generations of her family, caught in a limbo on this continent they did not rightfully inherit, faced with the disintegration of the American dream. Through this work, we explore how musical ideas and the singing voice can be a metaphor for genetic transmission of trauma and disease; we also contemplate the grief that comes not only from losing family too early, but from realizing your own potential to have a similar fate.