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The Promise and Peril of Genome Editing

genome imageIn this workshop, participants will grapple with the implications of recent scientific advances, which only a few years ago were relegated to the realm of science fiction. With the advent of CRISPR technology, the genomes of every living thing can now be edited to produce desired effects. Is this the end of all human disease and the advent of a brave new world? Participants will learn the science behind this technology, explore the ethics of its use and discuss the philosophic roots of modern science that has led to this moment. Lyczak brings expertise in genetics and the literature surrounding these issues. She teaches portions of this content in her capstone course Molecular Genetics. Stern teaches the core course of the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good in which he examines the philosophic premises of modern science as well as reflections on the ethics of modern scientific developments such as genome editing.


8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Innovation and Discovery Center Lobby
Coffee, pastries, mingling, receive your lunch ticket 

9:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Class Time
Innovation and Discovery Center 116

12 - 1 p.m.

Faculty Staff Dining Room

1 - 5 p.m.

Class Time
Innovation and Discovery Center 116

  • 2:30 pm 

    Final panel discussions
    Innovation and Discovery Center 116
    Jennifer Round, Assistant Professor of Biology
    Kelly Sorensen, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
    Erin Fowler ’20
    Garrett Bullock ’20

    The day will end with participants creating policy suggestions, in response to the National Academy of Science desire for community engagement, to regulate the use of genome editing in humans

5 - 6 p.m.

Minerva Mingle
Berman Museum of Art
Socialize with your classmates, share what you’ve learned, celebrate the beginning of a meaningful new campus tradition and discuss how we might grow and improve the program going forward. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Berman Museum of Art.

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Co-taught by Professor of Biology Rebecca Lyczak and Professor of Politics Paul Stern.