First in Future: GES Center Co-Director Jennifer Kuzma

December 12, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Kuzma speaks with Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State on the First in Future podcast. In this pod, Dr. Kuzma discusses gene edited mosquitoes, the ethics of, DIYbio, and why Millennials give her hope. Plus, her book recommendations – Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford – and which Bob Dylan song best summarizes her view of the future.

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Length: 38 minutes
Tags: Jennifer Kuzma, biotechnology, regulation, North Carolina, economic development, Institute for Emerging Issues

The Ability To Edit Genes Raises Big Questions On Regulation


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November 28, 2017

Heard on WUNC’s The State of Things with Frank Stasio

GES Senior Research Scholar Dr. Todd Kuiken speaks with Frank Stasio about the latest research into synthetic biology, some of the opportunities these technologies present, potential drawbacks and conversations we are or should be having about their regulation.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHT – On the promise of synthetic biology:

One of the promises, so to speak, that people are looking at utilizing CRISPR is to deal with disease vectors. So malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes. If you could utilize these techniques say, for instance, for engineering a genetic trait that would either make all of the offspring infertile … Over time that population of mosquitoes could potentially die out. Another potential option that NC State is a partner with is looking at invasive rodents on the islands and whether or not you could in essence drive some of these genetic traits through the population of, say, island mice that aren’t supposed to be there. All of their offspring become male. Over time that population dies, and you in theory have eliminated that invasive species from a particular island.

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Length: 19 minutes
Tags: Synthetic biology, CRISPR, gene drives, regulation, DIYbio, biosafety and biosecurity

Science Vs GMO… OMG?

Source: Gimlet Media

April 13, 2017

Science Vs peels back the label on GM foods to find out whether they’re safe to eat and what impact they can have on the environment. Both sides of the debate have written impassioned songs, but what does the science say? We talk to Prof. Fred Gould, Dr. Janet Cotter, and Prof. David Douches to find out.

Length: 44 minutes

Are we prepared for our gene altered future?

Are we prepared for our gene altered future?

A biologist releases genetically modified mosquitoes in the city on February 11, 2016 in Piracicaba, Brazil. (Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)March 25, 2017
Heard on CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald

White button mushrooms that don’t brown. Crops resistant to infection. Lab-grown meat. Chickenless eggs. Fragrant moss for your home. Gene drives to wipe out pest species. Even synthetic embryos for research. The list of new biotech products in development goes on and on.

Jennifer Kuzma speaks with Bob McDonald about her the report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences committee that she is a member of called “Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology.

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Length: 8 minutes

Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

Colored scanning electron micrograph of baker’s yeast, conventionally grown in the lab. Dennis Kunkel Microscopy/Science Source

March 9, 2017
Heard on All Things Considered with Rob Stein

Todd Kuiken speaks with All Things Considered about the impact of synthetic biology on society, including possible dangers.

Length: 4 minutes

Talking Biotech #67: The National Academies Report on Genetic Engineering

Source: Talking Biotech Podcast

Source: Talking Biotech Podcast

January 28, 2017

The National Academies of Science is one of the most respected scientific organizations on the planet, composed of well-established scientists and other scholars that perform important functions in vetting scientific claims and steering scientific agendas of a nation.  Every several years the NAS commissions a review of the literature on genetic engineering in crop plants.  Over the last several years the NAS appointed a diverse group do perform the 3rd such comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Fred Gould was the Chair of that group, and speaks with Dr. Paul Vincelli about the charge to the committee and some of the outcomes.

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Length: 34 minutes

As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Corn rootworm beetle larvae feed on maize root and seed. Nigel Cattlin/Science Source

September 22, 2016
Heard on All Things Considered with Dan Charles

Fred Gould speaks with Dan Charles about Bt-resistant corn rootworms, and regulation of gene altered crops.

Length: 3 minutes

Radio in Vivo: Future Biotech Policy

Source: Radio in Vivo

September 21, 2016

Guest: Dr. Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, and Co-Director, Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center, North Carolina State University

Topics: Gene drives, GES Center, NAS committee on future biotechnology products, governance systems for emerging technologies

Length: 55 minutes

Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Scientists reprogrammed the common bacterium E. coli so it requires a synthetic amino acid to live. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

January 21, 2015
Heard on All Things Considered with Richard Harris

Jennifer Kuzma speaks with Richard Harris on All Things Considered about public perceptions of the safety of genetically modified organisms.

Length: 34 minutes

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