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DNA packaging and error-free communication

  • Scotty's Bar and Grill 548 Emerson Street Palo Alto, CA, 94301 United States (map)

Do you know that all your cells' DNA put together would be about twice the diameter of the Solar System? So how does it fit in your body? Discover with us a perfect way of packing!

Your buddies have trouble hearing you in a noisy bar? Guess what — electronic communication faces the same trouble. Let's find out what the solution is.


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What about them Scrambled Genomes?!

Dr. Massa Shoura

Postdoc at Stanford, Pathology Department

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You know when your room gets messy, and you finally decide to clean it by putting books on the shelf, arranging papers into folders, and clearing out the dead bodies whom your friends promised never to talk about? After that point, doesn't your room seem way more spacious than when you had all that junk strewn around the place? 

The cell also likes to keep things tidy, dynamic, yet accessible. It packs DNA so that it does not take up too much space. If you were to stretch out all of the DNA in your body end-to-end, it would be approximately 1.2 × 10billion miles, which is about 70 trips to the Sun and back. How is this possible?

This talk explores many aspects of genome structure and function - from the 1D sequence of the bases to the 3D folding that enables them to fit inside the nucleus of a cell.

How to communicate clearly in a noisy bar?


Dr. Mary Wootters

Assistant professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University

Suppose you wish to send a message in a noisy bar.How to make sure you are understood? You might repeat yourself, adding redundancy. But there are lots of ways to add redundancy; for example, the English language has a lot of redundancy built in: u can prbably undrstnd ths sentnc, evn tho mny lettrs r mssing. In this talk, we'll explore some more principled ways of adding redundancy, which are ubiquitous in modern communication and storage systems.

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