Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome
02/23/2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free, but pre-registration is requested. map
Join us in a forum-style event based around human genome editing. Funded by a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Building with Biology Project, the panel will include local scientists, researchers, students and experts in the field who will add their expertise, voices, and perspectives.
As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. What should we do with this power? Many in the scientific community are calling for strict regulations on the use of this technology, while others are excited about the possibilities.
Ask questions and participate in conversations around ideas like:
- Should we create babies who will never know disease?
- Should we stick to smaller changes, like lowering the rates of breast cancer by eliminating mutations?
- Should we call for society to ban human gene editing?
- Who should decide?
- How can we maximize benefits from these scientific advances while minimizing the harm that might come from them?
We hope to give our community a place to discuss in-depth issues, cutting-edge technology, scientific discoveries and how we interact with the changes around us. This forum is better suited for people 16 and over.
Light refreshments will be provided.