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Jan. 19—The University of Colorado Boulder's BioFrontiers Institute will host free public talks about human heart health, HIV, gene editing and bees in the next few months.

First up is a talk about human heart health. Women and men can have different symptoms during heart attacks, and they also can respond differently to the same medicines, according to Leslie Leinwand, a professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at CU Boulder. Leinwand will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday about the differences in women's and men's hearts in health and disease.

Next to talk is Nobel Prize laureate Tom Cech. He'll talk about gene editing — the ability to make specific changes to DNA in living organisms. Cech also will discuss discoveries in RNA science in a talk 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Professor Sara Sawyer will talk about human infections caused by rare and new animal viruses. She is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Sawyer also will discuss research aimed toward developing an HIV vaccine.

Professor Sammy Ramsey will discuss research on bee health at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

The talks will be in the Butcher Auditorium, Room A115 next to the main floor coffee shop of the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at CU Boulder, 3415 Colorado Ave. For more information, visit