Donald J. Cram Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Jennifer Doudna

Thu, Nov 14 4:00pm
Young Hall - CS 50
Speaker Jennifer Doudna
Hosted by
UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(310) 825-7048

CRISPR Chemistry and Applications of Genome Editing: CRISPR-Cas9 technology is transforming biology and our world. CRISPR-Cas9, anRNA-guided enzyme with remarkable abilities to recognize and cleave DNA, operatesby chemical mechanisms that both explain its biological function and provide insightsinto technology development. I will discuss how bacterial CRISPR adaptive immunesystems inspire creation of powerful genome editing tools, enabling advances infundamental biology, agricultural science, and biomedicine. I will also discuss the ethicalchallenges of some of these applications.