Brave New World: The Next Frontier of DNA
December’s announcement of the birth of twin baby girls in China who may — or may not — have had their genes edited crashed the headlines and rocked the world of genetics. A researcher had crossed the line, doing something many other scientists found questionable at best, or deeply unethical at worst: changing a human gene to confer immunity to HIV. Meanwhile, home DNA-testing kits are flying off the shelves and individuals have access to more genetic information than ever. Join our panel of experts this National DNA Day, the 66th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s double helix, for a discussion on what all this means for the future of genetics.
$18 admission includes entrance to Real Bodies: The Exhibition, parking, one drink, and appetizers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., panel discussion begins at 6:30. Check back for panelist details and registration information.
The 2018-2019 series has included “Spacing Out: Ancient Stargazers to Modern Astrophysicists” and “Seeing Things: Virtual Reality Hits the Mainstream” See photos at our Past Events page.