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Symposium: New genome editing technologies for medicine and agriculture – implications for the society

 Genome-editing techniques have sparked a revolution in biological and medical research, as they allow precise, user-defined modification of the genomes of almost any plant or animal. This symposium aims to present scientific breakthroughs and their implications for research and the public. In the end, this will help us understand how this technology may change our society.


Wednesday 13th May 13.00-17.30

  • Opening plenary lecture: Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys, Vilnius University, Lithuania

“CRISPR-Cas: from bacterial immunity towards genome editing”

  • Dr. Mariette Andersson, Swedish Agricultural University

“Future CRISPR-potatoes, improved properties for our health and the environment”

  • Dr. Achim Rosemann, University of Exeter, UK

“The ethical and responsible innovation dimensions of the commercial exploitation of CRISPR-based applications”

14.40 – 15.10 Coffee break

  • Prof. Dirk Heickl, Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

”CRISPR for gene editing of hematopoietic cells”

  • Dr. Sigrid Bratlie, Norwegian Biotechnology Council, Norway

“The public opinion of genome editing – results from a survey in Norway”

  • PhD. Ingrid Dunér, Lund University

“Transhumanism and genome editing”

  • Debate

Thursday 14th May 9.00-12.30

  • Dr. Jochen Kumlehn, IPK Leibniz Institut, Germany

“Genome editing in plants – CRISPR in cereals.”

  • Prof. Johan Jakobsson, Lund University

“Towards widespread somatic gene editing in the human brain”

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee

  • Senior Researcher Michael Morrison, University of Oxford, UK

”Legal and regulatory issues attending somatic medical uses of CRISPR”

  • Dr. Nick Meade, Policy at Genetic Alliance, UK

“Patients’ view on genome editing”  

  • Debate


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About the Symposium

Where: Main lecture hall, Dep. for Biology, Lund University, Sölvegatan 35, 223 62 Lund

When: 13-14/5 2020 (lunch to lunch symposium) 

Organisers: The Pufendorf IAS Theme CRISPRideas,  Lund University. Link to the CRISPRideas website

The symposium is free of charge but registration is required.