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Science Cafe: CRISPR & the Ethics of Editing Genes

September 28, 2017 @ 11:00 pm - September 29, 2017 @ 12:30 am EDT

http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/science-cafe-crispr-and-the-ethics-of-editing-genes/What if it were possible to genetically alter wild populations of “pest” animals so that they were either eliminated or unable to threaten rare and endangered species, transmit disease, or damage crops? Such new “gene drive” technologies may be possible to create with CRISPR and other advanced gene-editing tools. The speakers for this Café are part of an interdisciplinary project exploring potential genetic approaches to eliminating invasive mice from islands where they present a majorbiodiversity threat through their impacts on native flora and fauna. Theirwork raises questions that extend well beyond the strict technical hurdlesto ecological, ethical and governance challenges.ABOUT OUR SPEAKERSJohn Godwin is a Professor of Biological Sciences at North Carolina StateUniversity where he focuses on behavior and reproductive biology in a range of species including sex-changing fish and, most recently, wild house mice. Jason Delborne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestryand Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and a research leader in the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, where he studiesthe interactions between policymakers, scientists and the public particularly in the context of emerging biotechnologies.DETAILSFee: FreeCategories: Adults, Discussions, Lectures, Science Cafes, Teens

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September 28, 2017 @ 11:00 pm EDT
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September 29, 2017 @ 12:30 am EDT
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