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- Sarah Evanega, Alliance for Science: Empowering Champions, Embracing Advocacy, 11/14/2017
- Eli Hornstein, PhD Student: Re-Engineering A Lost Symbiosis, 11/7/2017
- Tom Wedegaertner, Cotton, Inc.: Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed, 10/31/2017 Request password
- Rene Valdez, PhD Student: Perceptions of De-extinction, 10/24/2017
- Keith Edmisten, NC State: The Adoption of Biotech in Cotton Production, 10/17/2017
- Steven Druker, Alliance for Bio-Integrity: GE & the Chronic Misrepresentation of Facts, 10/10/2017
- David Berube, NC State: ZIKA, 10/3/17
- Dan Charles, NPR: Genetic Engineering & Journalism, 9/26/2017
- Jayce Sudweeks, PhD Student: Policy Narratives Surrounding the Release of GM Mosquitoes, 9/19/2017 Request password
- Michael Vella & Sumit Dhole, PhD Students: Population Genetics of Gene Drives, 9/5/2017
- Todd Kuiken, GES Center: SynBio & the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, 8/29/2017
- Fall 2017 GES Colloquium Intros, 8/22/17
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Sarah Evanega, Cornell Alliance for Science: Empowering Champions, Embracing Advocacy
ABSTRACT: Solutions to hunger, poverty, and sustainable agricultural growth are often inaccessible to Less Developed Countries (LDCs), where they are needed the most. Public Lecture - "Hunger & Hypocrisy: A Climate for GMO Change," Monday, 11/13/2017
Eli Hornstein, PhD Student: Re-Engineering A Lost Symbiosis
Date: 11/7/2017 | Request password
ABSTRACT: Biotechnology has great potential as a tool to address pressing issues beyond the agricultural applications in wide use today. In the context of environmental conservation, Eli will discuss how biotechnology could provide solutions to problems that have been intractable to traditional approaches for decades.
Tom Wedegaertner, Cotton, Inc.: Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed
Date: 10/31/2017 | Request password
ABSTRACT: Many plants use chemical defense mechanisms to reduce or eliminate predation and the cotton plant is no exception. Gossypol, a naturally occurring noxious compound, found in pigment glands located throughout the cotton plant, is an effective insect deterrent and a cumulative toxin in animals. The elimination of gossypol allows cottonseed protein to be used much more efficiently by using it in food products for direct consumption by humans, rather than feeding it to inefficient cattle.
Rene Valdez, PhD Student: Perceptions of De-extinction Among Experts and in the News Media
ABSTRACT: De-extinction is the re-creation of extinct species using methods from synthetic biology, cloning, genetic engineering, reproduction technologies, and stem cell research. Researchers around the world are investigating the possibility of reviving species, including the woolly mammoth, passenger pigeon, and gastric-brooding frog. These efforts have drawn considerable attention from scholars and the media.
Keith Edmisten, NC State: The Adoption of Biotech in Cotton Production Download slides on SlideShare
ABSTRACT: Cotton producers - both in North Carolina and across the U.S. - were early adopters of biotech. The cotton industry has widely employed the use of insect resistant and herbicide tolerant varieties, evolving the variety of traits and management strategies along the way. Producers have experienced both pros and cons in this evolution.
Steven Druker, Alliance for Bio-Integrity and author of Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: Genetic Engineering and the Chronic Misrepresentation of Facts
ABSTRACT: Although bioethicists have addressed a wide range of issues posed by recombinant DNA technology and its unprecedented power to alter genomes, they have overlooked the most crucial one: that the venture to employ this genetic engineering technology in food production has been chronically dependent on misrepresentation.
David Berube, NC State: ZIKA
ABSTRACT: Dr. Berube, who is working on a book entitled Communicating Zika, gives a student-directed conversation on the subject. Topics include how Zika got into Brazil, why it's so dangerous (the microcephaly connection), what the future may hold, how it is being mitigated and the roles of government and media.
Dan Charles, Author and NPR Correspondent: Genetic Engineering & Journalism
ABSTRACT: Discussion about some of the different ways that journalists have covered genetic engineering over the past several decades, and the journalistic conventions and impulses that shape this coverage.AGES: Untold Stories of GMO Pioneers Keynote, 9/26/2017
Jayce Sudweeks, PhD Student: Examining the Policy Narratives Surrounding the Release of GM Mosquitoes
Date: 9/19/2017 | Request password
ABSTRACT: In an effort to combat diseases such as dengue fever and Zika, genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes have been released in Brazil to control mosquito populations. A similar release effort was attempted in the Florida Keys, but has been delayed.
Michael Vella & Sumit Dhole, PhD Students: Population Genetics of Gene Drives
ABSTRACT: Michael Vella discusses theoretical analysis of gene drive countermeasures that could be used to reverse a CRISPR-based homing drive. Countermeasures include synthetic resistance alleles, reversal drives, and immunizing reversal drives. Related Publications:
Todd Kuiken, GES Center: The Long & Winding Road: Synthetic Biology and the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity
ABSTRACT: There are multiple processes happening inside the United Nations in relation to synthetic biology and the shift towards digital genomic information both simultaneously and separately. Within the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat implemented a process to continue the work of an Ad-Hoc Technical Expert group that is charged with understanding the impacts of synthetic biology as it relates to the Convention.
Fall 2017 GES Colloquium Intros
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