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Big Science Public Lecture: It's as simple as cut and paste

It's as Simple as Cut and Paste: The Gene Editing Generation

By understanding the genetic blueprint that makes each human unique, and the discovery of exciting new tools for editing the DNA sequence, we are entering the gene editing generation!

This public lecture and interactive panel discussion highlights cutting-edge research using gene editing technologies. CRISPR is a new scientific tool allowing scientists to change the DNA sequence, not unlike the copy and paste function in a word-processing document. Rapid technology adoption means that we are seeing it used for trials in cancer therapies and potential uses in the agriculture industry. Does this mean it will be possible to edit a human embryo to eradicate genetic diseases forever?

Hear our experts cover topics including:

  • Keep Calm and CRISPR! - Professor Paul Thomas, Director, SA Genome Editing Facility
  • Are we creating GM humans? - Dr Hannah Brown, Chief Science Storyteller, SAHMRI
  • It's not quite as simple as cut and paste - Dr Heather Bray, Food Values Research Group, The University of Adelaide

This event was held as part of Big Science Adelaide during National Science Week.

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