Muscle Dystrophy: Hope for Tomorrow

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a lecture on Muscular Dystrophy on Tuesday March 7th from 630pm – 730pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.  Constanza Cortez, PhD from UCSD and Stanford Consortion for Regenerative Medicine will review the disease and discuss recent advances in treatments.

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Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. Recent advances in basic research have revealed new therapeutic targets that are now in promising human trials. In this talk, I will present the our current understanding of the mechanisms of muscle dystrophy, and discuss some of the novel compounds for the treatment of these debilitating disorders.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Sleep and Temperature: Partners in Crime

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a lecture on healthy sleep on Thursday March 16th from 630pm – 730pm at the San Diego Central Library.  Ruggero Scorcioni, PhD and founder of Polar Sleep will discuss how temperature can influence how well you sleep.

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We spend a third of our lives asleep. Why do some people try to reduce sleep to a waste of time, but for others it is the unreachable promised land? Let’s explore why we sleep, and why temperature is important to a good night of rest.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

A House Built on Sand: Coral Reef Foundations in a High CO2 World

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a lecture on climate change and ocean acidification on Tuesday February 7th from 630pm – 730pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.  Alyssa Finlay from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography will discuss the effects of elevated CO2 on the ocean ecosystem.

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Coral reefs are some of the most biologically diverse and naturally beautiful ecosystems on the planet. Ocean acidification (OA), the “other CO2 problem”, may have serious implications for the preservation of coral reefs. OA could negatively affect not only how corals grow, but also the foundations of coral sand upon which they grow and expand. Come learn about how studying the response of coral sand to OA could help us protect the future of these precious ecosystems.

Personal genomics- a matter of taste

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a molecular biology tools workshop on Saturday February 18th from 3pm – 5pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.

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99.9% of the human genome is identical among individuals. The other 0.1% makes us biologically unique. Sometimes the difference between two traits can be traced to a single chemical change in our DNA. In this hands-on workshop we will explore the genetics of perception and test our own DNA for a bitter taste receptor. Recommended for ages 14-adult.

This event is part of the San Diego Wet Lab’s science workshop series.  Science workshops are held every 1st Saturday and 3rd Saturday at 3pm at the La Jolla Library.   Please check the La Jolla library events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Research Integrity

Please join the San Diego Wetlab for a lecture on Thursday, Feb 16, from 6:30pm -7:30pm at the San Diego Central library.  Prof. Micheal Kalichman from the Research Ethics Program at UCSD will discuss the latest trends and concerns regarding research ethics.

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In recent years, concerns about the integrity of research have increased. Questions to be addressed include: What is meant by “Research Misconduct”? Why would a scientist choose to engage in misconduct? and What should we do to promote integrity in science?

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Molecular Biology Basics

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a molecular biology tools workshop on Saturday January 21st from 3pm – 5pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.

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Biotechnology is a revolution that is transforming our lives and our economy. Join local students and scientists to explore the fundamental technologies of modern molecular biology. This hands-on workshop is recommended for ages 14-adult.

This event is part of the San Diego Wet Lab’s science workshop series.  Science workshops are held every 1st Saturday and 3rd Saturday at 3pm at the La Jolla Library.   Please check the La Jolla library events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Transforming Endangered Species Cells from the San Diego Zoo into Embryos for Species Revitalization

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a species conservation lecture on Tuesday, Jan 10, from 6:30pm -7:30pm at the La Jolla Riford library.  Tom Nguyen from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research will discuss how stem cells can be used to save a species from the brink of extinction.

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The northern white rhinocerous is a species on the brink of extinction.  Only three individuals remain on the planet and these cannot breed naturally.   A team at the San Diego Zoo plans to save the rhinos by transforming cells from the SD Zoo Global’s Frozen Zoo into stem cells that differentiate into sperm and egg cells, and then using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos.  The goal is to use this method as a last effort to re-populate the rhino species.  Please join us for this fascinating talk given by one of the Zoo’s research team members.

DIY Bioplastics

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a bioplastics workshop on Saturday January 7th from 3pm – 5pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.

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Make your own biodegradable plastics from vegetable materials while learning about the chemistry of polymers and plastics. This hands-on workshop is recommended for ages 8-14.

This event is part of the San Diego Wet Lab’s science workshop series.  Science workshops are held every 1st Saturday at 3pm at the La Jolla Library.   Please check the La Jolla library events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Discovering Natural Chemicals for Consumer Products, Medicine, and Beyond

The Wet Lab is hosting a medicinal chemistry lecture on Thursday Jan 19th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the San Diego Central Library.  Dr. Ben Naman from UCSD/Scripps Institute of Oceanography will discuss how various natural products can be used to improve human wellness.

spirulina-under-microscope-109113859_std3We are truly surrounded by chemicals – in the air that we breathe and the food that we eat, are added to foods, consumer product goods, and define our system of medicine. Dr. Naman will examine the ways that researchers study the chemistry of our natural environment, in sources ranging from essential oils to dietary supplements and from domestic or tropical plants to algae and bacteria in the ocean.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.