GMOs: Frankenfoods or the End of Hunger? A discussion of the technology and controversy.
Date: Monday April 10
Location: The Exploration Place Atrium, 333 Becott Place, Prince George
Our Gift Shop will be open and there will be a cash bar serving wine + beer.
ABSTRACT: In the 1970s, scientists first gained the ability to modify the DNA code that allows living things to pass information to their descendants. One of the first notable successes of this technology came when they created a cleaner, safer source of insulin for diabetics by putting the insulin gene in bacteria. Ever since, society has been benefitting from, and debating, genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This presentation will explain some of the important concepts needed to understand GMOs, as well as considering why this technology is so controversial. In addition, there will be discussion of new technologies, such as CRISPR, what the future may hold, and what sort of ethical questions society will have to grapple with.
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Rader is Professor of Chemistry at UNBC. He completed a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship studying the medically important process of RNA splicing. His laboratory at UNBC continues to study RNA splicing, using a variety of biotechnologies such as gene editing and CRISPR. In addition, Professor Rader was the faculty sponsor for UNBC's first synthetic biology team, which participated in the iGEM competition in Boston last year.