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Illuminating Disease: A Talk on Green Fluorescent Protein and Medical Research

How have glowing jellyfish helped us better understand and treat disease?

Come hear a fascinating talk about the applications of green fluorescent protein in medical research. Learn about the myriad uses of this protein in investigating diseases worldwide and see some great pictures of the glowing protein in action.

Zimmer's Book Cover of 'Illuminating Disease'. Links to the book on Amazon.The Laboratory Science Program is pleased to present a talk from Dr. Marc Zimmer of Connecticut College on his new book: Illuminating Disease: Green Fluorescent Protein & Medical Research

All are welcome! Pizza will be served!


Wednesday April 1, 2015
Noon to 12:50 PM


Haverhill Campus
100 Elliott Street
Science (E) Building Room 155

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About the Book

Green fluorescent proteins have been floating in the ocean for more than 160 million years, but it took a curious scientist, fascinated by pinpricks of green light, to begin unlocking their potential. Now these jellyfish proteins have become one of the most important tools available to researchers in modern medicine and biology. Green fluorescent proteins are used in over three million experiments a year and have proved invaluable for tasks such as tracking HIV, breeding bird flu-resistant chickens, and confirming the existence of cancerous stem cells. Illuminating Disease: Green Fluorescent Protein & Medical Research is based on a spring 2012 Semester-at-Sea class. 16 students took the class and learned about fluorescent pro¬teins and Chagas disease (in Brazil), malaria (in Ghana), AIDS (in South Africa), dengue fever (India and Vietnam), cancer (China), heart disease (Japan), and brain disease (United States).

About the Author

Marc Zimmer is Professor of Chemistry at Connecticut College. He has published articles on science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Huffington Post, among many other publications.


For more information, or for sign language interpreting or access requests (including food-related allergies), please contact Marguerite White-Jeanneau, Laboratory Science Program Coordinator at mwhitejeanneau@necc.mass.edu