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Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.

Rewriting the Language of Life: Impacts and Challenges of DNA Editing

April 10, 2018 ~ Louis B. Mayer Theatre
Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.

Dr. Doudna published research in 2012 that detailed a gene-editing technique that shows how scientists can alter any organism’s DNA. The discovery and development of the technique offers scientists hope that they may one day be able to rewrite flawed genes in people. It offers the promise of new drugs, new treatments for disease and possibly even the eradication of some inherited diseases.

But the discovery also comes with profound ethical questions, and Dr. Doudna has been a leading figure in encouraging a public scientific debate about further study and development of the technique: CRISPR-Cas9.

Dr. Doudna is Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology; Professor, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley.