CRISPR/Cas9: The History of its Discovery and Current Applications for Gene Editing



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Featured Speaker: Zi Teng Wang, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, The Genome Engineering and Stem Cell Center, McDonnell Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

CRISPR/Cas9, the gene editing "genetic scissors," is short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9. What does that even mean? How does it work? How is it used? Why is it used? Who even came up with this Nobel Prize winning genome editing technology that has opened up new and promising possibilities in precision medicine and the development of therapies to treat disease? Science communicator, McDonnell Genome Institute Staff Scientist, and molecular cell biologist, Zi Teng Wang, tells the tale of CRISPR/Cas9 and answers your questions in this fascinating look at editing genes and CRISPR's revolutionary impact in the life sciences.

Science in St. Louis is a public science seminar series partnership program of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library. Science in St. Louis is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.