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Dragon Hall Debates: Should we edit genes?



Monday 22 January 2018, 7:30 - 9:30pm


Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich

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All lectures, Normal, Dragon Hall Debates

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Monday 22 January, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Dragon Hall Debates at The Forum

Should we edit genes?

Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich

The enzyme CRISPR-Cas9, which gives scientists the ability to cut and splice genes in plants, animals and humans, is a transformative technology. Wendy Harwood from the John Innes Centre will discuss the use of new gene editing technology in agriculture looking at how this could contribute to improved agricultural crops for the future, while Norwich Medical School’s Tom Shakespeare will discuss the possible impact of gene editing on human disease, and the ethical questions this raises. Bioethicist Richard Ashcroft from Queen Mary University of London completes the panel.

These free events, held in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, are open to everyone, and no prior knowledge is needed. The speakers will talk briefly and then the audience are invited to ask questions and offer opinions as the discussion opens up.

This year's series will be relocating temporarily to the Millennium Library at The Forum, while Dragon Hall undergoes renovation to open as the National Centre for Writing in summer 2018.

All events start at 7.30pm and should last until 9.30pm, or when the energy dries up!

Free, booking essential. To book your place, visit the Eventbrite booking page.

For more information, email or call 01603 592130. To find out more about the other events in the series, please view the series flyer.