Science Café Las Vegas
Science Café Las Vegas, supported by the UNLV College of Sciences, is an organization geared towards bringing fascinating science discussions to the public of Southern Nevada.
We invite scientists to give short (~10-15 minute) presentations to the public at our fantastic venue, McMullan's Irish Pub, and then have roundtable discussions about anything you could possibly wish to know. Science Café Las Vegas is on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m.
Come on down to the pub for lively science discussion, delicious brews, fantastic food, and a great time! Family friendly (under age 21 allowed).
Next Science Café: Wednesday, July 5
Speaker: Dr. Christy Strong, UNLV School of Life Science
"Using molecular scissors to perform HIV genome surgery"
The eradication of HIV from infected individuals has proven problematic. The reason why is that HIV inserts a DNA copy of its blueprint into the host cell's blueprint. Once inserted, the HIV blueprint provides directions to the host cell on how to build new viral particles. The host cell fails to recognize this as a problem, resulting in the mass production and release of new viruses. Our current treatment options, highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), targets viral proteins made from the blue print directions but fails to address the blueprint problem itself. Our solution to this problem is to use molecular scissors to target and damage the HIV blueprint such that the blueprint could not be used to make viable virus particles.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to dine and hang out.
Talk begins at 7 p.m.