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Science Sundays: Craig Mello, "A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality"

Craig Mello presents "A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality" as part of the 2014-2015 Science Sundays Lecture Series.

Nobel laureate Craig Mello will talk about how everything alive today shares a nearly 4 billion year-old common ancestry. Humans — even scientists — cannot conceive of or understand the the implications of such a timescale, and consequently, always underestimate living things. Hear about the remarkable mechanisms organisms use to program gene expression, and ways scientists and physicians are learning to use them as tools.

But, what this talk is really about, he says, is the excitement of science and the ever-unfolding and deepening mysteries of life.

Mello won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for the discovery of RNA interference, a type of gene silencing. He is investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and co-director, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

There will be a reception following the lecture in the Wexner Cafe from 4-5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Science Sundays page of the Arts and Sciences website.