The annual ‘Bringing Home Genomics’ event is being held at the Exploration place tonight. The public discussion will feature two researchers. A Forestry Professor at UBC will talk about how forests are impacted by climate change and how genomics can mitigate the damage. A UNBC professor and Entomologist will then speak on how DNA barcoding can help us better understand the health of our environment.
“Genomics is scientific discipline,” says the Director of Corporate Development for Genome British Columbia, Suzanne Gill. “It’s the study of a whole compliment of DNA, the whole barcode of life. It really is allowing us to have a stethoscope; a window if you like, into living systems for us to understand the complexity of what’s going on around it. If we can understand that, then we can act, understand what environment conditions are best suited to have great forests that are healthy for future generations, resistance to pest and adaptable to changing climates.”
The event is free to the public, and kicks off at 6:30 p.m.