The CRISPR technique make it possible to cut, paste, and edit in genetic material, our genes. Genetic scissors can be used to prevent genetic diseases, cure certain types of cancer and stop HIV. But cutting and pasting our genes also means that new hereditary traits can be added to humans. An opportunity that leads to enormous and perhaps unmanageable ethical and philosophical challenges. What did the road to discovery look like? Could they guess what power the discovery could bring? In what way can her research save lives and perhaps even destroy lives? What's at stake?
Professor Jennifer Doudna is a pioneer who stands for one of the greatest discoveries in modern science. Professor Doudna was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 together with Emmanuelle Charpentier. Meet Professor Doudna in a conversation about the future of her discoveries.
Miriam Frankel, the host of the evening, is a science editor at the Conversation. She is also a freelance writer for both the UK and Swedish media. Her work has featured in publications including New Scientist, Nature, Physics World, Dagens Nyheter, Forskning och Framsteg, Axess and Modern Psykologi. Miriam also has a background as a PhD student in atomic physics, specializing in laboratory astrophysics.
This event is the opening of the 25th International Science Festival Gothenburg. It is made possible by a generous donation by Sten A Olsson´s Foundation for Research and Culture
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