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TED Talk Online: The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain

TED Talk Online: The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain

Join me online to watch and discuss a TED Talk with a LGBTQ+ theme. How exactly does gender work? It’s not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social factors like trauma or diet. Learn how life experiences shape the way genes are expressed, and what that means for our understanding of gender.

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Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu is a principal investigator at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium. In 2006, Sanbonmatsu was the first transgender person at Los Alamos National Laboratory to be awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. At the time, epigenetics was beginning to develop, and Sanbonmatsu realised that RNA could be involved in how genes are turned on and off. She is on the board of Equality New Mexico and the Gender Identity Center and is an advocate for LGBT people in the sciences.

TED began in 1984 as a conference and is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas and sparking conversation, usually in the form of short talks. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

This talk was presented at an official TEDWomen event in 2018.
Duration: 13 minutes
Spoken language: English
Subtitles: None

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