Showing posts with label DNA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DNA. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

TODAY! "Resolution for the Missing: Bringing our Fallen Soldiers Home" features AFDIL, 10/20, 12pm, in the Museum!

Brown Bag Lunch: "Resolution for the Missing: Bringing our Fallen Soldiers Home"


When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


What: Have advances in DNA analysis made it so that our honored war dead will never again be labeled "unknown"? Come listen as a senior DNA analyst from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) shares her experiences working with scientists from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in positively identifying U.S. service members missing from past military conflicts. Suni Edson, assistant technical leader of the Mitochondrial DNA Section at AFDIL, will offer a rare look into the role DNA analysis plays in the process of scientific identification, and how advances in technology have increased the number of persons identified each year. Learn more about the USA Science and Engineering Festival at


Where: Russell Auditorium, Bldg 54, Walter Reed Army Medical Center


Cost: Free! Bring your lunch!


Questions? Call (202) 782-2673 or email or visit the Museum on the web:


Sunday, January 11, 2009

User-correcting eyeglasses and your own personal genome

A couple of interesting medical technology pieces from the newspapers:

My Genome, My Self
New York Times Magazine January 11, 2009
In the coming era of consumer genetics, your DNA will have much to tell you about the biological bases of your health, your physique and even your personality. But will this knowledge really amount to self-knowledge?

From a Visionary English Physicist, Self-Adjusting Lenses for the Poor
By Mary Jordan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, January 10, 2009; Page A08
Joshua Silver models a pair of the self-adjusting glasses he developed for the poor. The glasses work on the principle that the more liquid pumped into a thin sac in the plastic lenses, the stronger the correction.