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'Development and Function of the Digestive System' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Development and Function of the Digestive System" will be presented by Clarkson University Associate Professor of Biology Ken Wallace at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Ken WallaceMost people only think of what goes in and comes out of the digestive system and are not familiar with what happens in between. The digestive tract is one of our largest immune organs, and it has its own neural system, earning it the nickname, "the second brain." Join Wallace as he explains the organization and function of organs in the digestive tract as it develops from a simple tube during embryogenesis.

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.

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