CSU, Chico News

DNA Uses Topic of Chemical Society Event

Date: 04-12-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The newly formed Northern California Subsection of the American Chemical Society will present a mini-symposium covering the history of DNA discovery and its utility.

The event will be Friday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union, room 210 on the California State University, Chico campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Biochemists Larry Kirk, Daniel Clark and Daniel Edwards of CSU, Chico’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be presenters. Professor Kirk will provide an introduction to the history of the Watson-Crick discovery of the double helix and the controversy surrounding Rosalind Franklin’s involvement. Professor Clark will describe the potential use of DNA designing personalized medicines for cancer treatment and other diseases. Professor Edwards will highlight the potential of DNA in synthetic biology to engineer microbes to produce medicines and other compounds that the world needs.

The North State Subsection of the American Chemical Society was launched in November 2006. The American Chemical Society, founded in 1876, consists of more than 158,000 members at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry.

For more information, contact the CSU, Chico chemistry department at 898-5259.