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Apr 18 2012

More juicy stuff for Minnesotans

Sorry, all you foreigners who don’t live in an awesome state like Minnesota, but I have to mention another cool local series of events. The Hennepin County Library is sponsoring DNA Day, with multiple opportunities to learn about genetics, genetic diseases, cancer genetics, and genetic family trees. I don’t know why it’s called DNA Day, though, because they have multiple events spread out between 19 April and 1 May at various libraries around Minneapolis. There is limited space, so registration is required (these events are free, though), and you’d better get in there fast.

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  1. 1
    'Tis Himself

    Minnesota? Isn’t that somewhere near Manitoba? Or am I thinking of North Dakota?

  2. 2
    PZ Myers

    Yes, we are quite near those places, so the benighted inhabitants of those strange lands could possibly commute to Minneapolis for enlightenment. We are generous that way.

  3. 3
    Louis

    Minnesota: The Fun State.

    {Considers}

    Nope. Not buying it.

    Louis

  4. 4
    Glen Davidson

    And RNA viruses suffer more discrimination!

    Glen Davidson

  5. 5
    gridlore

    Sorry, I did some research and Minnesota experiences something called “winter.” This “winter” seems to involve frozen water falling from the skies, which is simply unnatural. We in California keep the white slushy menace at a safe distance.

  6. 6
    reasonbeing

    What a good series. Thanks for pointing that out. I do love living in MN. It is tough to share a state with Michelle Bachmann though (at least I live in a different district)!

  7. 7
    Brother Yam

    As a resident of Minneapolis (a smallish city in the county), I’m sort of disgusted that we’re slowly turning into the Austin of Minnesota; a small area of intelligence, culture and sanity in an otherwise vast expanse of crazy.

  8. 8
    'Tis Himself

    Sorry, I did some research and Minnesota experiences something called “winter.”

    I also did some research and discovered that Minnesota does not have any oceans. As an ocean-racing sailor, that disqualifies Minnesota as a possible home for me.

  9. 9
    Rip Steakface

    Sorry, PZ, but I hail from your motherland. Helluva trip.

  10. 10
    chigau (違う)

    I didn’t see an “ocean” until I was 13 years old.
    Fucker tried to kill me. Fuck oceans.
    Real water falls from the sky. (and from my faucets)

  11. 11
    Loud - warm smiles do not make you welcome here

    DNA Day: Prenatal Genetics
    Eden Prairie Library

    I genuinely read this as Eden Prime Library. Guess what I’ve been doing far too much of lately?

  12. 12
    julietdefarge

    Sounds like a great opportunity to compare ape and human chromosomes and DNA, perhaps recreating the testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover. For the big kids, an exhibit on ERVs (which will take care of Glen Davidson’s fetish.)

  13. 13
    wbenson

    Re Juliet: Also to talk about Neanderthals in our family tree, for who are eurodescendents at least.

  14. 14
    twincats

    I don’t know why it’s called DNA Day, though, because they have multiple events spread out between 19 April and 1 May at various libraries around Minneapolis.

    Perhaps DNA Days sounded too homespun and old-timey.

    I didn’t see an “ocean” until I was 13 years old.

    I first saw snow at the age of 8 (grew up in CA and we trekked over the “safe distance” up to Frazier Park.) But I didn’t see it actually come from the sky until one night when I was stationed in Texas (age 19, USAF) and I was mesmerized by the beauty and silence.

    In 1982, I started my 4 year stint in Omaha and the charm of snow wore off in about three days. I’d live in a snow-infested region again, though if I had enough incentive.

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