“’Omelets or Wings?!’ Selective Breeding and the Physiology of the Domestic Chicken” will be presented by SUNY Potsdam Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Sirsat at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
From the earliest days of domestication, decades of genetic selection have resulted in significant differences among breeds of chicken — in particular, fast-growing broilers and highly productive layers.
But what differences exist at the physiological level among these breeds? What are the implications of these differences as young chicks develop and mature? How does the modern chicken differ from its wild ancestor, the jungle fowl? Join Sirsat in a fun and interesting discussion of these issues — and find out how there’s a lot more to the everyday chicken than meets the eye!
Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists, and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field and then opens up the floor to discussion.
Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.
Email Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.