Science On Tap: Tailoring Genes

October 15,2016

Biomedical scientists like Chris Vakoc have recently gained an unprecedented ability to edit life’s instruction manual – DNA – with a new tool whose ungainly name – CRISPR-cas9 – is (thankfully) usually shortened to “crisper.” Chris will share with host Graham Chedd and our audience how the technology was discovered, how it works and some of the astonishing things it can do. He’ll include examples from his own lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where his team has developed a new method for discovering promising anti-cancer drugs. Graham and Chris will also dive into the thorny question of whether CRISPR will one day soon be used to edit the genes of people.

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