Natalie Farny, associate teaching professor of biology and biotechnology (left) and Patricia Stapleton, assistant professor of social science & policy studies, will participate in a discussion on CRISPR.

Natalie Farny, associate teaching professor of biology and biotechnology (left) and Patricia Stapleton, assistant professor of social science & policy studies, will participate in a discussion on CRISPR.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Hold Forum on Gene-Editing Technology Known as CRISPR

Faculty across campus will discuss the latest CRISPR news, and what it means to genetically modify a human being

December 4, 2018
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WHAT

Following last week’s news that twin girls were born in November through gene-editing technology known as CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), WPI faculty members are holding a panel discussion on genetically engineered humans.

The goal of the talk is to help the campus community better understand what it means to genetically modify human life, including the scientific, societal, and ethical considerations involved with this issue. Topics to be discussed include what CRISPR is and how it works; the public considerations and policy implications of CRISPR, and its usage on humans; and how CRISPR has been covered in WPI’s classes. The talk is also an opportunity for reporters to meet WPI’s CRISPR experts, and learn how to best cover such a controversial and complex topic.

WHO

The talk will feature multiple faculty members:
Jean King, neuroscientist and Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences

Patricia Stapleton, assistant professor of social science, who actively researches and is a leading voice in CRISPR developments (her work around CRISPR been previously published)

Reeta Rao, associate professor of biology & biotechnology

Destin Heilman, associate teaching professor of chemistry & biochemistry

Natalie Farny, associate teaching professor of biology & biotechnology

Bethel Eddy, associate professor of humanities & arts

WHERE/WHEN

Salisbury Labs 105, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Noon – 1 p.m.

Media Contact

Jessica Messier
Public Relations Specialist
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
jmmessier@wpi.edu; 508-831-5937