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Perfectly healthy: Disease-free by technology? | Dunedin

Prestigious Speakers
Thurs 21 Sept
Editing Our Genes: Promises and Pitfalls

Prestigious Speakers 
Editing Our Genes: Promises and Pitfalls
Once a science fiction fantasy, the power to engineer DNA is now within reach. With that power comes complex and sometimes contentious questions about what can, and what should, be done to change ourselves and the world around us. Using a new genome editing technique, known as CRISPR/Cas9, scientists are exploring deletion, alteration, and addition of genes to a huge variety of organisms, from yeast to kumara, and from mosquitoes to dairy cattle. Perhaps most promising, but also most controversial, are the possible uses of the technology in humans.

Host Kim Hill  is joined by bioethicist Josephine Johnston and a panel of experts to explore the implications of gene editing technologies for New Zealand.

Perfectly healthy: Disease-free by technology?

With regards to our healthcare, what needs to be considered if gene editing technologies were to become commonly applied for medical procedures. For example, are there other significant ramifications to correcting disease causing genes responsible for cystic fibrosis or increasing HIV resistance in immune cells?

Medical issues panel:

Associate Professor Peter Fineran
CRISPR-Cas microbiologistUniversity of Otago 

Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan
Medical Law and Ethics scholar, University of Otago 

Dr Jennie Harré Hindmarsh
Health Improvement researcher, Ngati Porou Hauora

Josephine Johnston
Director of Research and Research scholar, The Hastings Center

Kim Hill
Host and Broadcaster, RNZ National

Presented in partnership with the David and Genevieve Becroft Foundation, The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington and RNZ National. 

PUBLIC EVENT – If available, door sales will be only $30, but best to book your ticket to guarantee your seat(s).

Views expressed at this event may not reflect those of Royal Society Te Apārangi.


Royal Society Te Apārangi


St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago St David Street, Dunedin, Otago 9016

6:00pm Thu 21 September, 2017 - 7:00pm Thu 21 September, 2017

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