Southeastern's Science on Tap presents lecture on the science of ‘Jurassic Park’


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Raul E. Diaz, Jr. will present the next Science on Tap presentation titled “A Chameleon’s View on Body Modification and Jurassic Park.”
     Diaz will discuss the intricacies of modern genetic technology.
Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation is scheduled April 10, at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond, and is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase.
     “The idea that large vertebrates, like those depicted in Jurassic Park and seen in natural history museums, existed is absolutely mind blowing! But how realistic is bringing one of these creatures back to life using modern genetic technology?” asked Diaz. “We will explore the science of ‘Jurassic Park’ and whether we can use an evolutionarily close living relative that has proven incredibly useful in developmental genetic work in the lab (the chicken) and what else we can learn from other new lab models like the veiled chameleon.”
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

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