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Boston science week: Evolution and engineered eyes

Monday

Building Microsystems on the Surface of the Eye. Schepens Eye Research Institute, 20 Staniford St, Boston

Research conducted at the University of Washington seeks to build “a lens system that can sample and analyze the eye surface and a contact lens that can show visual information to the user… The aim is to eventually create a new way of continuously and non-invasively monitor the body biochemistry by collecting analysis snapshots from the eye. “ Babak A. Parviz of University of Washington.

Tuesday

Evolution Part 1, “Getting to Know Darwin.” A two session class. Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Bldg, 1300 Centre St., Boston

“Do you think you know who Charles Darwin was? The legend and sober-looking bearded scholar behind the most important paradigm shift in human history? In this two-session class, we will get to know Charles Darwin—the avid breeder of pigeons, lover of barnacles, devoted father and husband, gifted correspondent and tactician, and remarkable backyard scientist.”

Wednesday

Evolution Part 2, “Why Evolution is True and Why Many People Still Don’t Believe It.” Jerry Coyne. Harvard: Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

In this talk, Coyne will explore the multifarious evidence for evolution, why Americans are so resistant to accepting the theory, and what can be done to make the country more evolution-friendly.

Thursday

Mass Bio and the American Cancer Society – with the support of local drug makers – offer a symposium on, “ Progress Toward Winning the War on Cancer.”

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