DNA, evolution gets spotlight at Portland humanists’ gathering

Update: As of July 16, the DNA talk has been pushed back to October, according to a source. This post will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Do you know what a haplogroup is? Yes? No?

It pertains to DNA, evolution and common ancestors, and if you’d like to learn more, or just refresh your knowledge, about what scientists have come to understand about human genetics and evolution in recent years, you might want to attend the Humanists of Greater Portland’s July 17 October meetup.

Nitrogenous bases — A, C, G and T — are the building blocks of DNA. (Credit: Freeimages)

Nitrogenous bases — A, C, G and T — are the building blocks of DNA. Freeimages.com

As part of the meetup’s main program, Dr. Jon Peters will present current information about DNA, sequencing of the human genome, our shared ancestry with apes and the study of haplogroups.

The main program will run from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Ave. at Thurman Street in Portland.

The meetup schedule also will include an early bird discussion at 8:45 a.m., plus coffee and other treats. Classes, discussions and committees will pick up after the main program and run until 1 p.m. Attendees also may venture out for lunch at a nearby eatery at noon.

For more information about the meetup, check out its page on Meetup.com.

To learn more about Portland’s humanist group, go to its website.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
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