Southeastern's Science on Tap presents ‘GMOs’

Monday, May 1, 2017 Tara Turley Stoulig
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – The term “genetically modified organisms” and the abbreviation GMOs are now seen frequently in grocery stores, advertisements and restaurants, mainly promoting a GMO-free product.
     But do most people really know what this is about? That’s the question to be addressed at Southeastern Louisiana University’s next Science on Tap presentation on Tuesday, May 2. This will be the final Science on Tap presentation this year until the series resumes in the fall.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation by Instructor Tara Turley-Stoulig will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
     “GMOs are generated using biotechnology, and there is considerable confusion regarding their uses, benefits, concerns and misconceptions,” Turley-Stoulig said. “The field of genetics has seen rapid advancement in the technologically fast-paced world of modern science. We will explore the types of GMOs being produced and whether this is a technology meant only for plants.”
     She said her presentation will include a primer on DNA and chromosomes as well as genes and how they work.
     “We’ll discuss the role of genetic engineering in today’s society and what the future holds for this ever-changing field,” she added.
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

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