Faith & Science Series: ‘What Makes Us Human?’


The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”

The group will meet Jan. 19 to discuss Human Genetics. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., for about an hour. All are welcome. Attendees may bring their dinner.

Human Genetics

Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. We share more genes with organisms that are closely related to us. For example, study of the chimpanzees genome indicates a difference of about 1.2 percent from humans. However, there are still significant differences between us.

A video will be used to illustrate our genome differences with other living things and will describe the role of chromosomes, DNA, RNA and proteins in the development of a human being. We will briefly mention how the field of epigenetic has increased our understanding of how environment impacts who we are by switching genes on and off without changing our DNA sequence. We will also mention how the Male Y chromosome is being used to trace our human origin.

About the presenter:

Glenn Magelssen has a PhD from the University of Colorado. His scientific research has included solar physics, laser and ion beam fusion, neutral nets, code development and stockpile strewardship. He has studied theology most of his life and taken a four year course called EFM from the University of the South on Old and New Testament, Christian history and Christian Theology. He has been influenced by many authors including C. S. Lewis, Joseph Sitler, Walter Wangerin, Richard Feynman, John Steinbeck, Clarence Jordan and Paul Tournier.

The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum meets on the third Tuesday of the month in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. For more information, visit