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At CRISPRcon, Debating the Promise and Perils of Gene Editing

06:42 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

CRISPRcon: Science, Society, and the Future of Gene Editing, a timely two-day conference attracting hundreds of attendees to the University of California, Berkeley campus, kicked off yesterday, August 16, 2017, with a keynote from CRISPR pioneer and hometown hero, Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D. Aside from being one of the key developers of CRISPR gene-editing technology, Doudna, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UC Berkeley, has played a leading role in demanding a broader public discussion of the potential benefits and dangers of gene-editing technology. Her motivation traces back to 2014, when she was called by a reporter to comment on a new paper on CRISPR monkey embryo editing. “I started thinking, if you can do this in mice and rats and monkeys, then why not humans?” Doudna recalled. Since then, there have been several important meetings to debate CRISPR technology, and several important reports, including one published ...

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