Human Genome Editing: Challenges, New Technologies and Ethics

  • Datum: 14 december 2017 16:00 - 20:15
  • Locatie: Imec auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, Leuven
  • Organisator: Mindgate, imec & UZ Leuven
  • Prijs: 135 euro (excl VAT) for members, 175 euro for all others

Genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic material. In this way it is possible to edit, add or even delete some of the genetics of plants, animals and humans in a precise, affordable and quick way.

The advances in genome editing can be traced back to quiet beginnings in the 1990s, but the current remarkable surge is largely because of the introduction of the CRISPR-CAS9, a genome-editing tool that can used to make changes in sections of the DNA sequence, in 2012.

Recent scientific advances have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which genome editing can improve human health.

The central question of this visionary seminar isn’t whether or not we will use human genome editing, but in which way and for which applications we will use it.

More information can be found on the website of Leuven Mindgate