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From Curing Cancer to Designer Babies, Jennifer Doudna on the Future of Gene Editing

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Breeding mosquitos resistant to the malaria virus; designing human babies that are free of genetic disorders; creating a species of unicorns. These goals are all seemingly impossible for now, but that could change in the near future, thanks to recent breakthroughs in gene-editing technology, like CRISPR/Cas9 — a new method of reorganizing genetic material. UC Berkeley Professor Jennifer Doudna, one of the first pioneers of CRISPR, joins Forum to discuss the future of gene-editing technology and its potential impact on human and non-human life.


Jennifer Doudna, professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley; executive director of the Innovative Genomics Initiative


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