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ONLINE EVENT: Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, author of "A Crack in Creation"

“The invention of CRISPR and the plague of COVID will hasten our transition to the third great revolution of modern times.”

Walter Isaacson, author of

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

Virtual conversation, 1:00 p.m.

The lecture will be virtual via Zoom:

https://albany.zoom.us/j/96444072569?pwd=eEYrclV5a0RjNkova1QvR0NoWmhIZz09

Password: 079849


Dr. Jennifer Doudna, best known for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, for which she was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will be the sixth speaker in the UAlbany and RPI collaborative series, “Life at the Interface of Science and Engineering.”


Her talk is titled "CRISPR: The Science and Opportunity of Genome Editing."


A professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of Berkeley, Doudna is the first researcher to reveal the shape of an RNA catalyst. She earned the Nobel Prize for discovering the CRISPR immune system and its therapeutic applications to editing DNA. This discovery is the subject of Walter Isaacson’s current bestseller, The Code Breaker (2021), and of Doudna’s own book, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution (2017).


“Tomatoes that can sit in the pantry slowly ripening for months without rotting. Plants that can better weather climate change. Mosquitoes that are unable to transmit malaria. Ultra-muscular dogs that make fearsome partners for police and soldiers. Cows that no longer grow horns. These organisms might sound far-fetched, but in fact, they already exist, thanks to gene editing. And they’re only the beginning. As I write this, the world around us is being revolutionized by CRISPR, whether we’re ready for it or not.”
Jennifer A. Doudna, A Crack in Creation: The New Power to Control Evolution

This lecture series was established through the generous contributions of Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort at UAlbany and Professor Georges Belfort at RPI.


For more information, visit www.albany.edu/lifesciences/lise.shtml



Links of interest

"Programming life: An interview with Jennifer Doudna", June 4, 2020, McKinsey Global Institute

"The CRISPR Pioneers: Their Breakthrough Work Could Change the World." Time. magazine, December 25, 2016.

https://doudnalab.org/ | https://twitter.com/doudna_lab


We support our local, independent bookstores. You can purchase Jennifer Doudna and Walter Isaacson at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.



This lecture series was established through the generous contributions of Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort at UAlbany and Professor Georges Belfort at RPI.


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