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'Smoking' zebrafish topic of upcoming lecture

The Mayo Foundation Chapter of Sigma Xi plans a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Mayo Clinic's Phillips Hall in the Siebens Building, located at 100 Second Ave. S.W. in Rochester.

The lecture is titled "A Healthier Community Through Smoking Fish, Gene Surgery and InSciEd Out."

Stephen C. Ekker, Ph.D., is director of the Mayo Addiction Research Center and editor-in-chief of the journal Zebrafish.

"His laboratory has pioneered the use of genome-engineering tools for zebrafish and other model systems to improve human health," says a lecture announcement.

Building a truly healthier community, the announcement says, will require "new approaches to drug development, effective and ethical deployment of new molecular technologies and fundamental change in how we prepare our young citizens with better science and health literacy."

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