Symposium of interest: Gene-editing human embryos

This is regarding an event hosted by Duke University that attendees of TriCEM events may be interested in.

Symposium: Gene-editing human embryos: Unpacking the current controversy
Thursday, December 6, 3:30 pm
103 Bryan Research, Duke University

Last Monday the world found out for the first time via an Associated Press article that Dr. He Jiankui, from the Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, claimed to have made the world’s first genetically edited twins (intended to be resistant to HIV infection). His actions have been condemned by many and defended by a few. If the independent review of the unpublished results is found to be accurate, then we stand on the precipice of a significant milestone in human history.

To provide a forum to discuss Dr. He’s research, the UPGG and MGM programs have convened a special symposium on Thursday 12/6 from 3:30-4:30 in 103 Bryan Research. We will hear from Dr. Charlie Gersbach who attended the Human Genome Editing summit in Hong Kong and has very generously agreed to describe the research, the meeting’s response, and his thoughts on the science.

The panel will include:
·         Charlie Gersbach
·         Giny Fouda
·         Misha Angrist
·         Heidi Cope
The symposium will be moderated by Simon Gregory.