BioFutures: Curing Disease by Editing Genes?

With Gene Therapy Researcher Matthew Porteus

Thursday, April 2, 2020 • 8:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Free for Donors and and After Dark members.

Adults Only (18+)

Note: Ticket includes admission to After Dark (6–10 p.m.). Seating for BioFutures is limited and first come, first served.

How can recently discovered gene-editing tools help us cure debilitating childhood diseases? The discovery of CRISPR—a tool for precisely editing genes in living cells—has generated immense excitement for its potential to repair disease-causing DNA mutations. Join a conversation with Matthew Porteus, one of the leading researchers in using CRISPR to treat childhood immune system diseases. We'll explore both the promising future and the ethical pitfalls of CRISPR. 

Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. 

BioFutures is a six-part series of conversations with leading experts in the field exploring how emerging bioscience technologies are changing our world.

As genetics and biotechnology continually evolve, surprising scenarios are emerging. The DNA editing technology CRISPR, for example, may enable us to fix disease-causing genes in the human body, and it’s brought us the first genetically engineered babies. A sample of our DNA can tell us about our ancestral past, but might also reveal things that we’d rather keep private? How can we make the most of exciting advances, while also defining our ethical boundaries? Join biologists and other experts in conversations about what genetics and other technologies reveals about our past, our selves, and our shared future.