There may not be a Pikachu Genome Project, but the unusual biology of the Pokémon Universe can teach us about biology in the real world. How do Pokémon species differ from species here on Earth? What does genomic imprinting have to do with breeding? Can an organism like Eevee actually exist? You won't need to be a Pokémon Master or geneticist to catch the concepts, so come, have fun, and grab a beer - it's super effective.
Jennifer McCreight is a PhD candidate studying primate microRNA evolution in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. In her free time she blogs about science, skepticism, atheism, and feminism at Blag Hag. Jen has contributed pieces to the Guardian, The Daily Beast, and the book The Atheist's Guide to Christmas. She has given talks internationally and has spoken for organizations such as the Center for Inquiry, American Humanist Association, Skepticon, and Mensa.