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The Promise and Peril of Gene Editing presented by the Austin Forum

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The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

in partnership with Austin Public Library

presents

The Promise and Peril of Gene Editing

Dr. Ilya Finkelstein and Dr. Sahotra Sarkar from The University of Texas at Austin

Austin Central Library - Event Center

710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

5:45 p.m. – Doors Open
6:15 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:30 p.m. – Networking

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.

We welcome your participation! Please send us your questions, answers and prognostications in advance at info@austinforum.org.

Admission to the Austin Forum is always free.

The Austin Forum accepts donations of used cell phones and smart phones at all our events. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin's digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.

Thanks to Austin Public Library for their partnership.


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