Ask the Scientists: 2020 Nobel Science Topics

December 1, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

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Ask the Scientists is a chance to highlight the three topics awarded 2020 Nobel Prizes in science: black holes, CRISPR and Hepatitis C. The knowledge gained in these three fields helps explain the mysteries of our universe, provides modern solutions using novel genetic understanding and continues to save millions of lives. Three experts discuss the current work they are doing to advance our understanding of science within the body, and throughout the universe.

Dr. Nicolás Yunes discusses Black holes mysterious entities that exist within deep space, and even at the center of our own galaxy. But how do they form? What happens inside of a black hole, or just outside of it? How can black holes teach us about gravity and the way our universe is woven together? 

Dr. Thom Gaj and his team at the University of Illinois are using CRISPR, a novel form of gene-editing that may hold the key to slowing or stopping the development of ALS, and other diseases. CRISPR has the potential to advance modern medicine and change the way that we think about genetics and inherited diseases. What might this mean for the future of human health? 

Dr. Claudia Hawkins discusses Hepatitis C a viral infection caused by exposure to a virus of the same name (HCV). This virus can exist unnoticed within the body for years, slowly eroding the liver and its ability to function. Prior to the discovery of the virus, humans went undiagnosed and the disease could easily spread. How the discovery of HCV has saved millions of lives. How can her work in countries across the globe continue to educate and save others? 

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Tuesday, December 1 from 5:00pm-6:00pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV Youtube Live.



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