Continuing Questions: What Genes Do Not Yet Explain About Human Individuality
While genes determine whether a fertilized egg will become a mouse or a man, there is a level of biological randomness that causes identical twins to differ even before birth. This levels of randomness helps understand the limited success of the human genome projects in finding gene differences that underlie most variation in cancer, heart disease, and longevity.
Caleb Finch is University Professor and ARCO/Keischnick Professor of Gerontology and Biological Science at USC. His major research interest is the study of genomic controls of mammalian development and aging. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles and held distinguished lectureships across the country. For this work, he has received most of the major awards in biomedical gerontology. In addition, he has recently co-authored a book for the general public, Aging: A Natural History.
What will our world look like in ten, twenty, or fifty years? How can we imagine, prepare for, and influence future trajectories of our planet in terms of governance, sustainability, and co-existence? The spring 2016 Polymathic Pizza series brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines and interests to speculate on the future and to explore how we might have a hand in shaping it.