George Church - Engineering Human Genomes & Environments

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Carnegie Institution for Science

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Naturally occurring gene drive systems rig the inheritance game and cause some genes to be preferentially inherited, “driving” them out into the population. CRISPR gene-editing tools can be used to create a gene drive in the lab, enabling scientists to promote the inheritance of desired traits over undesirable ones. This opens up the possibility of using this technology to address urgent humanitarian problems, including the spread of insect-borne diseases like malaria, Lyme disease, and Zika. But the potential risks mean that it is crucial that officials develop and enforce safety protocols for employing this technology.

Dr. George M. Church, Professor, Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard-MIT
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This lecture is co-hosted by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and The Kavli Foundation.

The CSSP will present the "Carl Sagan Award for Public Appreciation of Science" at the start of the program. The Sagan Award's purpose is to honor those who have become concurrently accomplished as researchers and/or educators, and as widely recognized magnifiers of the public's understanding of science.



- This lecture will be streamed live thanks to the generous support of Margaret and Will Hearst.

- The Carnegie Institution for Science will open its doors at 6:00PM.

- An overflow room, with screens, will be available when our auditorium reaches maximum capacity. Seating in the auditorium is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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