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Genetic Stories with the Jesup Memorial Library and the Jackson Laboratory: Twitch

Date: Thursday Sep 29, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. -


Join the Jesup Memorial Library and The Jackson Laboratory for a month-long film and discussion series that will feature a real-life perspective on the research the Jackson Laboratory does, including the impact it has on individuals like those in each film. The films all begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a community social with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:30 and followed by a discussion led by an expert in the community.

The first film, Twitch, will feature guest speaker Dana Waring, bioethics educator from the Personal Genetics Education Project at Harvard University. Twitch follows 18-year-old Kristen Powers as she undergoes genetic testing for the disease that killed her mother. Huntington’s Disease (HD), a neurodegenerative brain disorder, destroys an individual’s ability to walk, talk, think, and reason, eventually leading to death. The film will chronicle the emotional, social and medical journey through this important test, as well as the impact it has on an individual’s future.

“Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library in celebration of the Acadia Centennial and the rich heritage and vibrant present of scientific study at Acadia. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15) and is an IMLS/Cornerstones of Science project in conjunction with the Maine State Library. All films are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, Maine
Contact Name: Melinda Rice
Contact Phone #: (207) 288-4245
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Event Sponsor(s): Jesup Memorial Library Jackson Laboratory 

This is a free event.

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