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The Skinny on Gene Editing: Where Genomic Technologies Meet Environmental Health

Monday, April 24, 2017

1:00pm Eastern time

Sponsor: Collaborative on Health and the Environment

We will hear from two scientists using CRISPR technology to understand the role of genes in controlling the sensitivity or resistance of humans and wildlife to environmental chemicals, including those found at Superfund sites. Dr. Mark Hahn of the Boston University Superfund Research Program and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will discuss the use of targeted CRISPR to understand the mechanisms of evolved resistance to polychlorinated biphenyls in populations of fish living in contaminated sites. Dr. Christopher Vulpe of the University of Florida will discuss the use of untargeted, genome-wide CRISPR-based screens in human cells to identify genes involved in mechanisms of toxicity of arsenic and toxic aldehydes. Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays of Boston University will provide an overview of some of the ethical questions raised by use of CRISPR in other contexts.

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