Second Saturday Conversation: Seeing DNA with X-ray Vision

Dr. Amy Whitaker, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at KU Med will guide participants through a broad overview of DNA, including what exactly it is and how it was discovered, what it looks like in 3D and how it manages to contain all of the genetic information that makes us into unique individuals, and how the code written by DNA is translated to physical characteristics in the human body.

George Douglas

George Douglas, the 16th Earl of Morton and a Scottish gentleman scientist, was born Apr. 3, 1761.  No doubt because he was wealthy and upper class, Douglas was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London when he was just 24 years old, and he was subsequently...

August Weismann

August Weismann, a German biologist, was born Jan. 17, 1834. Weismann became an early convert to Darwinian evolution in the 1870s, which wasn’t all that uncommon, but he also subscribed wholeheartedly to Darwin’s mechanism of natural selection, a step that most...

Thomas Hunt Morgan

Thomas Hunt Morgan, an American geneticist, was born Sep. 25, 1866. In 1900, the work of Gregor Mendel was rediscovered, which excited many people, but not Morgan. He was unimpressed with the arguments for genes, and especially with the idea that genes are on...

Walter Sutton

Walter Stanborough Sutton, a cytologist and surgeon, was born Apr. 5, 1877. Sutton was a Kansas farmboy who enrolled at the University of Kansas (KU) in 1896 to study engineering, and then switched the next year to biology.  He joined a research group that was...