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Tools of the Trade: Gene Editing and Human Disease: November 15

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW

Recent scientific advances in genome editing technology, such as CRISPR-Cas9, have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which gene editing can improve human health. With the addition of each new discovery come not only new possibilities, such as the treatment of genetic diseases, but challenges and ethical implications as well. Join us as we explore the basics of gene editing, new opportunities afforded by these technologies, and the people using these tools in their research. Be one of the first to try Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Media's new CRISPR interactive and test your gene editing skills with a hands-on activity from the NIH’s Human Genome Research Institute (HGRI).

PROGRAM:

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Check in

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Panel discussion* with audience Q&A

Abby Bronson, Senior Vice President, Research Strategy, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Dr. Christina Grant, Clinical Fellow, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, 

Derek Robertson, President, Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Refreshments/Hands-on activities with NIH HGRI and HHMI

*Panelists subject to change

Registration is free and includes light refreshments.

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