MC’s Science Literacy semimar focuses on genetically modified organisms

The Maryville College Science Literacy Series continues with “From Goats that Produce Drugs to Corn that Kills Bugs: The Wide World of Genetically Modified Organisms” at 7 p.m., April 8 in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium.

Organized by the College’s chapter of the American Chemical Society, the seminar is free and open to the public.

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Brigati, assistant professor of biology at Maryville College, the seminar will provide insight into the world of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their uses in disease prevention and in animals.

The night will also include discussion about the controversy surrounding the use of GMOs and crops, as well as the benefits and dangers of this flourishing field of science.

Brigati, who earned a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences from Auburn University, teaches courses such as genetics, immunology and microbiology. She was recently named a principal investigator on a $440,000 National Science Foundation grant of which Maryville College has been chosen as administrator. This grant will allow for work with other institutions and research opportunities for students as they focus on yeast cell research.

Largely student-initiated and driven, the MC Science Literacy Seminar Series arose from faculty-student dialogue on culturally relevant science topics, including global warming and cancer biology. The Series is designed to convey such topics to the general public in order to both provide a brief overview of the subject matter and quell the illusion that science is inaccessible to all.

For more information, contact Brigati at or 865-981-8168.

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