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We can. But should we?
We have come to a historic crossroads.
Scientists can now 'edit' the genes of a variety of species and effectively force them to go extinct. Or, they could increase or diminish a particular trait within a population by using gene drives. The technology is here and it's relatively easy-to-apply.
Imagine, eradicating a disease-transmitting mosquito. Also imagine the unintended consequences this technology could have. Should we use this technology?
This ASU Dean of Science Public Lecture will feature a short presentation on gene editing and gene drives, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with local and national experts.
David Brafman, Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Director, ASU Stem Cell Training and Research Program, Arizona State University
James Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Elizabeth Heitman, Professor of Medical Ethics in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Gregory E. Kaebnick, Research scholar and editor of the Hastings Center Report, The Hastings Center