November 6, 2019, All Day @ PACE Center
The information contained in the ~6 billion bits of code stored in our DNA can be used to trace ancestry across the planet, to convict someone of murder or to predict the potential for a terminal disease later on in life. The cost of determining this genetic code for the average person has previously been prohibitive, but recent scientific advances have now made it feasible for most people in the developed world to know their genetic makeup. This lecture will attempt to summarize the current state of genetic research and try to explain how all this information will completely change the way we do science and medicine in the future. I will also touch on some of some of the new advances in biomedical field like gene editing (CRISPR) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment.