CRISPR goes Broadway in San Diego

April 24th, 2018

We had a sold out crowd at our Tuesday night event for a mini-musical about the hottest new gene editing technology -- CRISPR -- inspired by none other than the hottest ticket on Broadway -- Hamilton. This very special night of song and rhyme was written and performed by Dr. Allison Songstad, a former postdoc from Dr. Larry Goldstein’s lab at UC San Diego who has since moved on to become a Field Application Scientist for Nanostring based in Philadelphia. The crowd at Thorn Street Brewery in North Park eagerly awaited the performance, which contained two musical numbers and a Dr. Seuss-inspired story about CRISPR’s history and mechanisms, as well as what it’s like to fight to be “satisfied” in science.

The evening also featured a stellar “opening act” in which the audience was treated to a talk and discussion with Dr. Gene Yeo, whose lab at UC San Diego explores how gene expression is controlled at the RNA level by using computational methods and experiments, including the use of CRISPR.

Check out the fun opening number to “CRISPR: A Science Musical” below!