NASA Ames Research Center scientist to discuss fruit fly experiment

NASA scientist Christina Cheung is coming to the Cupertino Library to discuss the Fruit Fly Lab-03 experiment.

NASA Ames Research Center’s contracted-scientist Christina Cheung is coming to the Cupertino Library to discuss the goals of the “Fruit Fly Lab-03” on August 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Fruit Fly Lab-03 experiment was designed to study host-parasite interactions to understand the effects of micro-gravity on human immunity and virulence. The experiment used fruit fly DNA as a stand in for human DNA. According to the Cheung, “This is an important subject to study because immune system dysfunction and infections are major risks for astronauts on long-duration space exploration missions.”

The community is encouraged to attend Cheung’s explanation of the importance of studying the human genome, as well as the questions that were left unanswered and the surprises that researches discovered through this experiment. 

This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome to attend. 

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