A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Sharks!

A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Sharks!

Tue, August 14, 2018

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$5.00

Tickets at the Door

A Scientist Walks into a Bar
A Scientist Walks into a Bar
Want to know why the dinosaurs really went extinct, or why lichens live forever? Join The Field Museum at The Hideout for drinks and discussions about all manners of natural history with scientists who study everything from ancient meteorites to urban farming practices in Chicago. Every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5.
Sharks!
Two words: shark clones. Strange, but true, some sharks reproduce asexually in the wild, meaning they create clones of themselves as they propagate their species. We'll chat with the Field's shark expert Kevin Feldheim about clones, endangered shark populations, and why these misunderstood murder fish deserve a better rap.
Kevin Feldheim
Kevin Feldheim
Kevin Feldheim is the A. Watson III Manager of the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution. His research focuses on inferring the mating system and population biology of sharks using genetic markers called microsatellites, although he is broadly interested in many organisms. Microsatellites are short, tandem repeats in DNA (e.g, AGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAG) and are extremely useful in identifying individuals. In fact, these are the same types of genetic markers that are used in court cases and paternity tests. We use these markers in our lab to answer similar questions in other animals, plants, and fungi.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com