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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
The Promise and Peril of Gene Editing
Speakers Ilya Finkelstein & Sahotra Sarkar, UT Austin
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Since the origins of life, evolution has been driven by chance and natural selection. Today, we wrest control from chance and enter the age of genome engineering. The last decade has ushered in biotechnological breakthroughs that now allow us to edit and rewrite the genetic fate of all living organisms. In this free-ranging discussion, we will focus on the both the technologies and the societal impacts of genome engineering. We will discuss the current state of the art--including CRISPR-based approaches--for manipulating genes for desired outcomes. We will touch on the practical implications in health, agriculture & food production, biomanufacturing, and national security. The age of genome engineering also raises multiple ethical and policy implications from decisions to alter the genomes of humans and other living organisms. What are the risks? What ethical implications must we face, and what policy and legal issues must be managed? Come hear Dr. Ilya Finkelstein and Dr. Sahotra Sarkar from The University of Texas at Austin discuss the science, technology, and applications, and the security, ethical, and legal concerns around gene editing, gene drives, and other genome engineering capabilities.