Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast
Have you ever sat down at a bar, ordered a beer, and thought to yourself, “Why do humans even have specific genes for breaking down alcohol?” This is what happens when a guy with a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from OHSU gets a job working at a brewery. The answer, as it turns out, takes you a long way back in human history; our relationship with yeast (the organism that makes alcohol), predates human evolution. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Kevin McCabe, Lab Supervisor at Full Sail Brewing, https://fullsailbrewing.com, will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human history, and how early microbiology turned the tables on yeast and gave humans control over our boozy destiny.
DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
COST: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door
FOOD & DRINK: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn and snacks available.
EVENT WEBSITE: http://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_march_8_yeast/
Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.