$40 – $75

The Science of Sleep: What’s Your Genetic Rhythm?

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132 32nd St

Suite 108

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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You probably already know whether you are a morning lark or a night owl, but did you know that there are genetic links to this phenomenon? Have you ever wondered what your genes say about your unique circadian rhythm?

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll do your own genetic test for the Per3 gene, investigating a varying length genotype that is linked to preference for morning versus evening activity, also known as your chronotype, using PCR and gel electrophoresis.

We’ll also discuss what sleep is biochemically, how sleep is regulated, how your sleeping habits change across your lifespan, and what sleep means for your health and disease risks.

Beth Tuck is the Director of Science Education at Genspace. Previously, she was a genomics education specialist at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) where she worked on enhancing K-16 genomic literacy, education, and community engagement. Her work included designing curricular resources, engaging students and teachers in hands-on genomics activities, supporting teacher professional development, and training scientists in public engagement skills. Her graduate research at Washington University in St. Louis focused on the genetics and molecular mechanisms of neurological and neuromuscular disorders.


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