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“CRISPR: The new Genetics revolution” By Iris Jonkers
27-03-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30
What if you could change the smallest building blocks of your body? What was once science fiction has now become reality with the introduction of CRISPR. CRISPR/Cas9 is a new DNA editing tool that allows precise and targeted adaptation of DNA. It was discovered in 2012, but has already revolutionised research in many ways, as it is extremely versatile and easy-to-use. CRISPR/Cas9 has also sparked many clinical trials to cure patients with genetic disorders. However, its incredible potential has also led to controversy: a massive patent war has erupted and ethical concerns have been raised to discuss if and to what extend we should change our own DNA.
In this lecture Iris Jonkers will discuss what CRISPR/Cas9 is, how it can be used scientifically and medically, and explore the relevant ethical concerns. Iris Jonkers received the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship in 2015 and currently conducts research at the Department of Genetics at the University of Groningen