CLASPThe Winona State University CLASP Lecture Series will host “Hacking the Human Condition: Using Biotechnology to Predict and Design Personalized Treatments for Human Diseases” with Francis Mann at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Stark Auditorium, room 103. The event is part of the 2016-17 University Theme, Our Digital Humanity.

Mann will talk about the new technology and the potential implications for predicting and treating human diseases that are already being leveraged in a variety of commercial enterprises.

Mann will also go over the technology that is available, the limitations of human genome informatics and the ethics of informatics access in the digital age. She will focus on the aim of addressing whether society should use bioinformatics to guide medical decisions and who should be making those decisions.

Mann earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Iowa State University and is an associate professor of chemistry at WSU. She teaches courses in biochemistry, forensic chemistry and scientific ethics and oversees research program focused on characterizing the biosynthesis and bioactivity of medically important natural products.

CLASP is the Consortium of Liberal Arts and Science Promotion. The CLASP lecture series was initiated in 2004 and is intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion and exchange.

The 2016-17 University Theme, Our Digital Humanity, examines human life in the digital age, exploring the impact digital tools have on individuals, institutions, systems, societies, our interconnected world, and implications for our collective future. Our Digital Humanity seeks to explore how digital tools have changed the way WSU faculty, staff and students research, create, communicate, relate, learn and teach.

This event is free and open to the public and is available for stream via ITV in CF 103 on the Rochester campus.

For more information, contact David Speetzen at


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