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Who gets to decide? Balancing the potentials and risks of using genetic technology to tackle the great challenges facing the planet

September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The human population size is expected to reach nearly 11 billion by 2100.

How can food production meet this challenge? Deadly diseases, including malaria, Zika, and dengue, kill half a million people worldwide, many of whom are children. What can be done to prevent the spread of these diseases?  Global warming is causing shifts in environmental conditions at a rate of ~1000 meters per year.  How can we conserve species that are becoming increasingly mismatched to their environment?  As our knowledge of genomics has increased, new genetic technologies have emerged that can help tackle these challenges.  Some involve genetic engineering, some not, but each raises its own social, ethical, and policy questions.  Join us as we discuss these challenges and the implications of genetic approaches that could be used to tackle them.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Sally Otto





This event is by invitation and is part of the Grant R. Ingram Lecture Series.   This year’s series explores Biodiversity, Bioliteracy, and Ecojustice.  Please stay tuned for further events in this series to be announced soon.


September 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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