Speakers come to MU for life sciences week

Thursday, April 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:43 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The first life sciences week to be held in MU’s $60 million Life Sciences Center kicked off Monday and runs through Friday.

“It’s helping this building be what supposed to be,” said Ginny Booker, communications spokeswoman for the center.

Last year, the event was held at Memorial Union because the center was not completely built.

This week, more than 320 research posters were displayed through three floors of the building.

An array of topics, some featuring research done in MU laboratories, was covered.

The public, students, faculty and visitors were able to view the posters.

Vendors of scientific products — software and laboratory experimentation tools — were on hand Wednesday.

One of the featured speakers for the week was Paul Talalay, professor of pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

He presented research Wednesday linking the consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, with reduced cancer risk.

Brian Staskawicz, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and professor of plant and microbial biology at the University of California-Berkley planned on lecturing Friday.

Booker said Staskawicz would present research regarding the genetic, biochemical and biological causes of disease in plants and the way plants are able to counteract bacterial pathogens. All events are open to the public at no charge.

A detailed schedule of events can be found at lifesciencesweek.

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