This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists and cross-posted from https://www.meetup.com/sfhumanists/events/266253334/
Bacteria are under constant attack from viruses. In order to defend themselves, these microbes have evolved a unique and creative immune system that scientists have called “CRISPR.” As researchers began to unravel this perplexing defense system, they quickly realized that CRISPR proteins might not only improve the health of bacteria but could reshape the landscape of human health. Scientists have shown that they can “program” an assortment of CRISPR proteins to cut any sequence of DNA. The ability to precisely edit the genome of nearly any organism has revolutionized biology, medicine, and agriculture. From curing deadly genetic disorders to engineering drought-resistant plants, CRISPR genome editing technology will reshape modern medicine and our food supply. This talk will explore the groundbreaking CRISPR technology and raise pressing questions that society is now forced to confront.
Dr. Kevin Doxzen is the Science Communications Specialist at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). The IGI is an academic research partnership between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco that aims to develop and deploy genome editing technologies to solve real-world problems. Kevin received a B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Doudna. The Doudna lab is credited with co- discovering CRISPR genome editing technology and continues to make advancements in this rapidly growing field. In his current position, Kevin aims to educate and empower the wider public to help understand the latest biotechnological advancements in genome editing and beyond.
Our Humanist Forum talks begin with an unstructured meet-and-greet at 2:30. ** The presentation itself will start at 3 o'clock.** Most lectures incorporate a long period of Q&A, finishing around 4:45. Afterward, many of us head to the mall next door for an early dinner. The dinner is a great way to get to know people in your local humanist community, and if you're not hungry you can always come along and grab a drink instead.
We will be in room 619 on the 6th floor. Please enter the building from the 835 Market St. entrance between Walgreens and the Timberland store.