Keith Gagnon Biochemistry and Molecular Biology SIUC: Back to the Future: "From Understanding to Engineering the Human Genome".
The romantic idea of understanding what makes us human was embodied in the endeavor to sequence the human genome. However, when it was completed in 2003 we were quickly reminded that we are more than a catalog of genes. Since then we have slowly begun to unravel how our genes fit into the human story. But now, recent discoveries have made futuristic human genome engineering seem like a future reality. How did we suddenly go from understanding to engineering the human genome? We will attempt to demystify the science behind the discoveries, discuss the hope of treating terrible diseases, and address our ethical responsibilities.
***Well behaved children are always welcome at Science Cafe', However, ALL museum exhibits will be closed***