World Science Festival | Rewriting Life: The Promise and Peril of Editing Your DNA
Where: NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl.
212-998-4941 Price: $40 General / $20 Students
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For the first time in history, human beings have been given the keys to the car called Evolution. A breakthrough technology now allows us to modify genes with ease and precision. Within the next year or so, its power will be starkly revealed when a living, breathing woolly mammoth is born, the first since the Ice Age. For human applications, trials of this new technology are already underway seeking to eradicate various debilitating genetic diseases. But like teenagers at the wheel, we’re still learning to drive. Are we zooming toward a happy, healthy, well-fed future, or toward a cliff? Join bioethicists, evolutionary biologists, and the pioneering scientists using this tool in their labs right now as we plot a course toward a future that could hold both promise and peril.
The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, “The Big, the Small, and the Complex” is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.Buy tickets/get more info now