To discuss some of the mysteries behind genetic development and explain how they determine many of our traits as human beings, Nobel Laureate Christiane Nsslein-Volhard will present a talk, Coming to Life: How Genes Drive Development, based on her new book of the same title. The event, part of the Academy's "Readers & Writers" series highlighting important new science books, will be held on Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe Institt, 1014 Fifth Avenue (at 83rd Street), New York. A question and answer session will follow. The event is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institt, Kales Press, and the German Book Office.
Dr. Nsslein-Volhard's book is a mesmerizing account of a remarkable journey through developmental biology that reveals the miraculous processes in the microscopic world of cells. Looking back at decades of fascinating discoveries, she also brings up many important issues relating to historical and contemporary questions in science. In addition, she provides the reader with the latest research about embryonic forms, explains the genetic mechanisms that influence adult development of all animals, and shares insights into the ethical standards society must uphold in the face of new scientific discoveries.
Guiding the reader from laboratory research to its applications in human beings, the Nobelist will also describe how her lab work in Germany is considered at the forefront of worldwide scientific investigation in the area of gradient research. As one of the few women Nobel Laureates, Dr. Nsslein-Volhard will also share her unique perspective as an advocate for women in science.