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Friday, August 12 • 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Poster: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), a State of the Science

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For good or ill, we humans have been tinkering with our environment since the dawn of our species. First fire and tools, and then with the advent of agriculture, we began breeding desirable traits into our food crops and livestock. Until the last few decades, selective cultivation provided the only means for the purposeful modification of living organisms. Now, our understanding of the chemistry and biology of DNA allows us to directly alter the genetics of just about any creature. “GMOs” have been stirring up a lot of controversy over concerns about their safety. In this talk, I cover how we engineer DNA and address the pros and cons of genetically engineered organisms as assessed through a comprehensive review of literature and the opinions of experts on both sides. I also explore how genetic engineering is rapidly expanding beyond agriculture and the implications for the future of health and technology.

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Leandra Brettner

PhD cand.
Leandra Brettner is a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle where she is studying synthetic biology. Her research focuses on using genetic engineering techniques to study and utilize differentiation in multi-cellular microbial communities. Leandra... Read More →

Friday August 12, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT