Did you know approximately half of all human DNA originally came from viruses, which infected and embedded themselves in our ancestors’ egg and sperm cells? If you didn’t, you are not alone. Viruses are one of the largest reservoirs of unexplored genetic diversity, making them an important source for scientific discoveries with a wide range of potential applications. The ocean is so filled with them that the ocean has at times been coined as a “virus soup.”
The public is invited to come learn what Dr. Joaquín Martínez Martiínez is learning about secret and ubiquitous viruses in the global ocean and the role they play in planetary function. Engage in a lively discussion Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Martínez Martiínez’s presentation is the last in Bigelow Laboratory’s weekly summer “Café Scientifique” series this year which focused on “Extreme Environments/Extreme Science.”
Café Scientifique is an international movement designed to encourage discussion about topical science issues between scientists and the public. There are more than 150 science cafés organized over 42 countries. All Café Scientifique events are open to the public free of charge, and members of the press are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-315-2567, ext. 103.