“You: A Novel Gene Story” with the Jesup and The Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and the Jesup are teaming up again for a great series of talks about genetics! “You: A Novel Gene Story” explores personal genomics, which involves the sequencing, analysis and interpretation of a person’s genome. The genome is the complete set of genes that helps to influence health and the way we look, and can provide clues to our origins and identity.
This series is part of “Primary Source” an annual collaboration between the Jesup Memorial Library and JAX featuring a series of programs about genetics. Previous series in this collaboration include “Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” in 2016 and “Genetic Tails: Discover Your Dog’s Ancestry” in 2017. 
Tues., June 12 at 7 p.m. 
“The Expanding World of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests” with Dr. Charlie Wray
Dr. Wray, Director of Courses and Conferences at JAX, will talk about the different genetic tests you can do at home. His talk will feature information about the different kinds of genetic tests, what they can tell you about your health and ancestors, what they cannot tell you, and why different tests might give you different results. Dr. Wray has more than 20 years of educational and research experience across a range of topics in genetics and genomics. At JAX, he is updating existing courses, launching new programs and running a multi-state teacher professional development program.

Tues., July 10 at 7 p.m. 
“Ethics and Personal Genetics” with Dr. Jessica Miller

Tues., July 24 at 7 p.m. 
“Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative” with Dr. Jens Reuter, Dr. Carol Bult and Dr. Andrey Antov

Tues., Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. 
“Personal Genetics and Addiction” with Dr. Vivek Kumar and Dr. Elissa Chesler 

Tues., Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. 
“Analysis of Human Genomics on a Massive Scale” with Dr. Steve Munger