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Friday, September 1 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Changing and sculpting the genome

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Science fiction has often discussed editing the human genome, creating clones, using human tissue for cyborgs, creating new life-forms through genetic manipulation. Many of these topics are now, in part, a reality in the scientific community. This panel will discuss the science behind genome editing, modification of humans, and building genomes to specifications. Additionally, this talk will discuss gene drives and how scientists are able to manipulate the environment, not just humans, using such technology. Finally, panelists will discuss the ethical implications of such research.

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Barbara Jasny

Barbara Jasny has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Rockefeller University; she has conducted research in virus-host cell interactions, DNA replication, and cellular senescence. She joined Science magazine, the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science... Read More →

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Rocco Casagrande

Gryphon Scientific
Dr. Rocco Casagrande began his public sector career as a U.N. weapons inspector in pre-war Iraq where he led the U.N.'s biological analysis laboratories. Today, as a founder and Managing Partner of Gryphon Scientific, he is a widely respected thought leader on the risks and medical... Read More →
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Renee Wegrzyn

Program Manager, DARPA
In 2016, Dr. Renee Wegrzyn joined DARPA as a program manager to push the boundaries of seemingly science fictional concepts into reality in support of national security goals. Through the programs she manages, including Living Foundries and Safe Genes, she is applying the tools of... Read More →

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Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
6 - East (250)