CRISPR Technology and the Brave New World of Genetic Engineering
Patricia Storlie, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
January 16 and 23
Popular media is abuzz with news stories and catchy headlines about CRISPR technology—variously proclaiming it as a cure for cancer, blindness, or blood disorders, a concerning technology that can create genetically modified babies, or a powerful way to adapt the foods we grow and eat. But what is CRISPR and how does it work? In this two-week forum, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology Patricia Storlie will take you behind the hype in order to understand and be more informed about this exciting breakthrough and new biotechnology tool. The forum will begin with the basics, explaining the history of CRISPR and what the technology involves. It will go on to examine how CRISPR is revolutionizing science and medicine—in basic research and in groundbreaking trials as a therapy for human disease or a tool to control insect populations and invasive plant species. All throughout, we will consider the oversight and safeguards (or lack thereof) that are in place as we enter the brave new world of genetic engineering at full speed.