Science Diplomats to present ‘Hacking the Genetics Code: Editing our Destiny’

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A new DNA editing tool will be the focus of the next Science in the News talk presented by the Yale Science Diplomats, a group of graduate students dedicated to making complex scientific topics easily understood by people of all ages.

Titled “Hacking the Genetics Code: Editing our Destiny,” the lecture will be presented three times: on Monday, April 11, 7-8 p.m. in the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., Milford; on Thursday, April 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven; and on Wednesday, April 20, 7-8 p.m. in the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. The talks are free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided.

Three Yale researchers will discuss CRISPR, a DNA editing tool that has the potential to revolutionize biology, medicine, and industry. Among the questions that will be explored are: “How was CRISPR discovered?” “Can we use CRISPR to cure diseases, develop new crops, revive extinct species, or even engineer designer babies?” and “If we can, should we?”

The Science in the News lecture series is dedicated to providing people with a better understanding of the scientific underpinnings of the issues in the news every day. For more information, vist the Yale Science Diplomats website.

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