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October 16, 2015

Food for Thought lecture series begins

OTTAWA, October 16, 2015 — The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is excited to announce a new lecture series, “Food for Thought.”

Presented in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Systems Biology, this lecture series is part of the Museum’s new initiative to offer interesting, engaging, and fun food literacy programming for all ages.

Entitled: “Yeast — Helping to Cure What Ales You,” the first lecture takes place at the Museum on Saturday, October 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and will be given by Dr Kristin Baetz, Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Institute.

While it’s well known how important yeast is for making beer, wine, and bread, many are surprised to learn how important yeast is in basic medical research. Dr Baetz will discuss her favourite fungus, the basics of the yeast life cycle, including its wacky mating rituals, and how her lab uses cutting-edge omics technologies to unravel the mysteries of cancer and neurodegeneration.

The talk will be followed with hands-on demonstrations of yeast genetics.

This lecture is part of the unique events specially offered at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to celebrate National Science and Technology week taking place October 16 to 25, 2015.

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Lecture is free with Museum admission.

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Joanne Ghiz
Media Relations Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

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