(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) March 9, 2012 - Presented by the School of Biological and Physical Sciences at Daytona State College, the March 27 science seminar touches on the topic of DNA manipulation.  Most of the research in this area is focused on prevention and/or cure of diseases of genetic origin, and some of which are for diseases spread through germs such as bacteria and viruses. The presentation will start with a brief history of genetic engineering and gene therapy and focus more on a few examples of gene therapy experiments. The most recent gene manipulation on the insect vector of Dengue fever and the genetically modified H5N1 “Super Flu” virus will be discussed.

Bioethics - Where is the Boundary? is a one-hour science seminar led by Dr. Ram Nayar, senior professor and director of Academic Sponsored Research at Daytona State. The seminar is geared for a highly interactive participation of the audience on the moral and ethical issues on how far is far enough in genetic engineering experiments and should we have a boundary, and if so, who determines where to draw the boundary?
The seminar is free and open to the public and starts promptly at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in Schildecker Science Hall (bldg. 410), rm. 123, on the Daytona Beach Campus located at 1200 W. Int'l. Speedway Blvd.
For additional information, call (386) 506-4714.