CRISPR: The Modern Creation Story

Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

Summary

Splicing and dicing DNA.

The development and refinement of CRISPR-based gene editing over the past decade has accelerated the progress of genetic manipulation like never before, including the prospect of engineering the DNA of future generations. Indeed, CRISPR carries grave risks and profound ethical challenges, but it also offers great promise – to prevent disease, feed the growing billions and even save vanishing species.

Join us for a discussion of this brave new molecular world with a panel of experts including one of the inventors of this game-changing technology.

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Norman Swan

Moderator

Norman Swan

Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on ABC’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24TV. The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world....

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Virginijus Siksnys

Participant

Virginijus Siksnys

Virginijus Šiksnyš studied chemistry at Vilnius University and obtained his PhD from Moscow State University before returning to Vilnius to pursue his research career at the Institute of Applied Enzymology/Institute...

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Rachel A. Ankeny

Participant

Rachel A. Ankeny

Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies. She is a Professor...

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Merlin Crossley

Participant

Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley is an enthusiastic university teacher, researcher and administrator. He trained or worked at the universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard, and Sydney before moving to the University of New...

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Sara Howden

Participant

Sara Howden

Sara Howden is a Senior Research Officer and Gene Editing Core Facility Director at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Dr Howden’s research has combined the latest in gene editing technology with...

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Location

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Age Recommendation

Ages 13+

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