Transcription & Chromatin Group at the Roslin Institute. Dr. Vernimmen is an expert in enhancers activity and epigenetic regulation, and his talk is titled "Exploiting the Genome: How Far Can We Go?" There will also be a Q&A after the film.
"Curiosity is part of human nature. We learn from experience and when the knowledge is acquired, we try to exploit it, for good…or evil!
In 1953, Watson and Crick revealed the structure of DNA and fifty years later the entire human genome was sequenced. Since then we have sequenced the genomes of over 10 other species and many more are on their way to being completed. Together with the power of molecular cloning technology, it is now possible to genetically modify organisms with a particular purpose, such as increasing resistance to a particular disease, or to generate new bio-products.
Sci-Fi movies represent another dimension and belong to the world of fantasy, but in many cases in the years after their release it’s clear that fact is not that far from fiction! The question is, what can and what should we do with this new technology?"
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