Science. It works, bitches. DNA Edition.


This talk is all about DNA and you’d better cope with it. Science isn’t the art of making things up so that math and biology classes are justified. Rather science is all about observing reproducible phenomena in the world. DNA is something we now know lots about. You’d be surprised how knowing a little bit more about DNA explains all sorts of things you see everyday. For example, can you really clone yourself or what are the odds that you’ll get convicted for a crime your evil twin committed? Perhaps more practically, why do dog lovers pay for pet DNA testing and why does every apple look exactly the same at the grocery store? You’ll be glad that you listened to this talk the next time your friend, or the cops, ask you for a DNA test.

Dr. Jayson Falkner

Affiliation Single Organism Software Inc

Jayson grew up in Spokane, WA, moved to Miami, FL, for a degree in Computer Science, moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a PhD in Bioinformatics, and now lives in Portland to be close to family and work at a biotech start-up. “What is Bioinformatics?” is good question to make a conversation with Jayson awkward. He’ll get really excited about computers and science and stuff and you’ll get very bored.

Jayson unfortunately thinks topics such as Proteomics and Java and Linux are fun to discuss in casual conversation. He also spends the majority of his time in front of a laptop and will often claim that he loves his work. Oddly, Jayson has allergies to Facebook, instant messaging, Twitter, and other forms of social media. Way back in the day, Jayson helped design parts of the Java Web Tier API and to this day he is still very much a coder. Apply typical stereotypes.