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Machining our genes

  • The Purple Onion at Kell's 530 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94133 United States (map)

What if we could use viruses to our advantage to cure genetic diseases? Can you imagine a real life Jurassic Park? Join us as our speakers talk to us more about how they play with DNA.

The Purple Onion @ Kells

The Purple Onion @ Kells


Viruses: nature's tinkertoy for engineering therapies

Sandra R Schachat  I am a PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences at Stanford University. I mainly study insect evolution through fossils and I am interested in changes in earth's atmosphere on timescales of many millions of years.

Nicole Paulk

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF with a joint appointment at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub in Genome Engineering

Viruses are nature's way of doing more with less. They're crafty, highly engineerable, infectious parasites with properties that make them ideal drug delivery tools for the clinic. Come hear about different ways viruses can be used to deliver genetic medicines that not only treat, but have begun to actually cure genetic diseases.

Gene Editing and the Quest to Bring Back Extinct Species

Kevin Doxzen

Science Communications Specialist at the Innovative Genomics Institute

Imagine walking through an Alaskan forest and stumbling upon a herd of Woolly Mammoths. Now imagine driving through the Tasmanian outback and spotting a tiger-like animal in the distance. Since the release of Jurassic Park, society has been captivated by resurrecting extinct species, but now we may have the tools to do so. We will explore how modern gene editing technology is allowing scientists to bring back what was lost. After addressing how, we will grapple with when, where, and why species

Earlier Event: April 27
When Art meets Science
Later Event: April 28
The Grand Experiment