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Thu, Jun 25

Periodic Tables: “No hands at the Wheel? Genetic Engineering, Gene Drives, and Society” with Jennifer Kuzma

MotorCo, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701     7:00 PM

Tickets are not required. Advanced ticket donations guarantee seating for the event; preferred seating will be reserved. Purchase Advance Tickets Here.

We can now genetically engineer mosquitoes so that they won’t transmit malaria or dengue. When introduced into the wild, they can work to decrease disease-carrying populations. Is this the future of disease control?

Although genetic advances have great potential benefit, biotechnology is moving so fast that governing institutions can’t keep pace, and we lack the structure to evaluate the ethical, ecological, and policy issues.

Professor Jennifer Kuzma will discuss the development of engineered strains of pests that are specifically designed to “drive” their genes into natural and human-modified environments. Join the discussion of this new and under-explored area where advanced biotechnology meets society.

Jennifer Kuzma, Ph.D. is the Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University. She has worked in biotechnology and governance for over 20 years, and published over 90 scholarly articles and reports in this area.

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