Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos. This is a major milestone and while it is still a long way till clinical use, it raises the prospect that gene editing may one day protect babies from a variety of hereditary conditions.
For more on this topic, please mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 10 for an evening with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene and The Emperor of All Maladies. Dr. Mukherjee is an Indian-American physician, oncologist, and author. He holds a BS in Biology from Stanford University and a DPhil in Immunology from Harvard University. His Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Gene and The Emperor of All Maladies, tells the story of cancer from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. It weaves together his experiences as a Hematology/Oncology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the history of cancer treatment and research.
This event will be hosted by NYU College of Global Public Health and the Greenwall Foundation. Dr. Mukherjee will discuss the timely issue, Are We Ready to Edit Our Genomes?
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