Tuesday, September 7, 2010

iBiology and introduction to the genetics of aging by my boss

UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) together with HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) and ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) came up with a new great resource for people interested in biology. They created two websites called iBioSeminars and iBioMagazine that provide free-of-charge talks from leading biologists (seriously, the list of people who share their knowledge there is very impressive!). These lectures are being filmed at UCSF in a studio with "chroma key", which is really cool. You can watch the lectures online or you can download them to your computer/iPod!

Importantly, those lectures are aimed at general audience and, hence, have considerable introduction. As an example, HERE are lectures on aging by my current boss. She is a wonderful speaker with a great ability of presenting the most difficult of concepts in a very easy way, so I would definitely recommend watching her lectures to anybody who wonders why we live as long/short as we do, and how is this process regulated.

For impatient, 5 minute intro to aging:

First lecture: general introduction to the genetics of aging.

Second lecture: introduction to the reproductive pathway of aging (this is what I work on!).

On a separate note, Cynthia on CBS:

Cynthia's lecture "What does the future hold" in Cambridge: