December 5, 2013 | by Denise Heady
Science doesn’t have to be intimidating. On Sunday, our researchers will explain their leading-edge work in inviting – even fun – ways at City of Hope's Community Science Festival. The event, which features hands-on science activities and educational lectures, is open to the public and, better yet, completely free.
So drop by City of Hope at 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, Calif., to learn some interesting scientific facts, create a DNA bracelet, take in a few lectures and then impress your friends and family with knowledge of the newest frontiers in medicine.
The sessions include:
Take Control of Your Health: City of Hope researchers are investigating the various causes for disease, including genetics, lifestyle and environment. In this session, you'll learn about some of these factors and how they affect your disease risk. You can draw your family pedigree and think about things that are good for your health – and other things that are not so good.
Germs: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: This session will explain how easily germs can spread from person to person and how germs can invade healthy lungs, which can then cause dangerous infections. But germs can be good too. Nicola NcNiven, Ph.D., will showcase her genetically engineered glow-in-the dark bacteria that are being trained to produce new proteins for medical tests designed to detect toxins. Such tests will be used in the future by doctors to diagnose diseases, or by food and drug producers to ensure safe products.
It’s a Really, Really Small World After All: Applying Stem Cells and Nanotechnology to Medicine: Touch, feel and see how the smallest structures control the way things work in this session. One of hardest parts of cancer therapy is killing cancer cells without killing normal cells. To do so, scientists need to develop tools that recognize the small differences between healthy and cancer cells. Here you will learn about how City of Hope scientists are making tiny delivery vehicles out of stem cells and nanoparticles to get drugs where they need to go and how they use super high-powered microscopes to see such tiny structures.
For more information and to register for the event click here.