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Swabbing Cheek to Cheek: Inside Personal Genetic Testing for Romance
February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm$25.00 - $60.00
Over the past 10 years, as genetic testing gets more affordable and people’s interest in exploring their own genome has skyrocketed, many companies have sprung up suggesting they have a magic algorithm to predict how compatible you are with your partner based on your DNA or to use that information to help you find your perfect mate. But what does the science really say about genetics and love?
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll do your own genetic test for one of the commonly analyzed “love” genes, discuss the science and hype around this type of genetic testing, and consider the ethical and social issues of DNA-based matchmaking services.
In honor of the day we’re offering special pricing: purchase a ‘Ticket for Two’ and bring a +1 at a reduced admission.
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.