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26 Jan 2019
2.30pm- 4.30pm
FREE ADMISSION (Pre-registration required)

About this talk

A revolution is taking place in biology. For decades, scientists have dreamt of having the ability to alter DNA, the polymer that makes up the genomes of almost all organisms, in a precise fashion. In recent years, that dream has become reality. Using a protein discovered in bacteria, scientists have developed genome editing technology and are using it to study the fundamental processes of life and inheritance. But they are also applying that technology in the real world.

Genome editing is already showing a potential to transform not only how biological research is carried out, but also our expectations and ambitions for meeting a range of challenges in the 21st century, such as disease prevention and food security. The potential applications seem to be almost unlimited. Recently, genome editing has been used to alter the human genome.

But should we be allowed to control the inheritable characteristics of future people?

Dr Andy Greenfield will be discussing the science behind genome editing and the controversial area of human germline genome editing. 

Dr Andy Greenfield

About The Speaker

Dr Andy Greenfield is a Programme Leader in the Mammalian Genetics Unit at the Medical Research Council’s Harwell Institute in the United Kingdom, an international research institution which uses mammalian models to study genetics and human diseases. His lab’s research focuses on the developmental genetics of sex determination, using mouse models to identify and study the genes responsible for disorders/differences of sex development in humans. He is also chair of the Harwell Institute’s ethical review board.

In addition to his research, he frequently performs public engagement activities on scientific and ethical topics and seeks to promote a wider debate about genetics and the use of genetic technologies in humans.

He is a member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, where he chaired a working group tasked to examine the ethical issues arising from developments in genome editing research. He was also an authority member of UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority from 2009 to 2018, where he chaired scientific reviews on the safety and efficacy of mitochondrial donation techniques. He currently still serves as an external adviser on their Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee.

Bioethics Advisory Committee

Registration Details

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