Dr. Michael Edwards, founder of Bioinfo Solutions in Parker, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Understanding Your DNA: The Past, Present and Future of Human Genetic Research” at 7 p.m. June 20 in the Ivy Ballroom of the Surf Hotel, 1012 Front Loop in Buena Vista.

The lecture is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Information contained in the 6 billion bits of code stored in our DNA can be used to trace ancestry across the planet, to convict someone of murder or to predict the potential for a terminal disease in later life, a press release stated.

The cost of determining this genetic code for the average person has previously been prohibitive, but recent scientific advances have now made it feasible for many U.S. citizens to know their genetic makeup.

Edwards’ lecture will summarize the current state of genetic research and explain how all this information will completely change science and medicine in the future.

The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, now in its 17th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida. For more information, visit collegiatepeaksforum.org.

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