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Workshop: Science, Ethics, and Governance Considerations for Gene Drive Research
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Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct   for a FREE workshop and webinar series to explore the science, ethics and governance of gene drive research. These events are part of the Committee’s information-gathering process as it prepares its consensus report, expected to be released in 2016, and will feature presentations and Q&A sessions with the leading researchers and decision-makers in the field. For more information, please visit the study website at http://nas-sites.org/gene-drives/.

Gene drives are systems to ensure that a gene modification will be inherited by an organism’s offspring, effectively driving modifications throughout a population from one generation to the next. Gene drives are not a new concept, but have recently gained prominence with the development of targeted genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 endonucleases. This powerful approach is quite different from past approaches to genetically engineer organisms, where the spread of modified genes is not a goal, and mechanisms to prevent their spread are sometimes used.

Workshop: Science, Ethics, and Governance Considerations for Gene Drive Research
Monday, October 28, 2015, 8:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. EDT
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418 and webcast
FREE

 
Join this workshop on October 28 to discuss the state of the science of gene drive research, responsible conduct and ethics, perspectives on opportunities and limitations in low and middle income countries, and scales of governance (see preliminary agenda here). Researchers will share the capabilities and tradeoffs of gene drive techniques, the ethics of research on emerging technologies, and mechanisms for the governance of advances in biotechnology. Please register to attend.


Gene Drives Webinar Series
 
Tune in as the committee invites speakers to review the state of the science and scientific approaches to reduce risk of spread to wild populations; to discuss oversight mechanisms for responsible conduct of research; and to assess ethical, social, and legal concerns.


Gene Drive Organisms
Thursday, October 15, 10am – 12:00pm EST
Click Here to Register to attend

This webinar will focus on the latest gene drive research in different organisms, including mosquitoes and rodents, with topics including:
  • The Landscape of Gene Drive Research in Different Organisms – Fred Gould, Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University
  • Gene Drives in Mosquitoes for Disease Vector Control – Zachary Adelman, Associate Professor of Entomology at Virginia Tech
  • Gene Drives in Rodents for Invasive Species Control –  John Godwin, Associate Professor of Biology at North Carolina State University

Current Status and Next Directions For Basic Research on Gene Drives

Wednesday, October 21, 3:00-4:00pm EDT
Click Here to Register to attend

Join this webinar to review the current status of gene drive research and learn about the next directions for the field with speakers Ethan Bier, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Valentino Gantz, Post Doctoral Researcher, both of the University of California San Diego


Implications of Gene Drive Research on Biosecurity
November 19, 10:00am – 11:45am  EDT
Click here to Register to attend

Explore the implications of gene drive research on biosecurity with this webinar, featuring presentations on:
  • General Considerations for Biosecurity– Edward You, Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Potential for the Use of Gene Drives in Entomological Warfare— Amesh Adalja, University of Pittsburg Medical Center
  • Implications of Gene Drives for Agricultural Security - Jacqueline Fletcher, Oklahoma State
Get updates on this study by signing up for email notifications: http://nas-sites.org/gene-drives/signup/
 
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