Gene editing talk at UW-S

Dr. Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, UW-Sheboygan’s regional executive officer and dean, will be the featured speaker for the March Speakers’ Series lecture at the Sheboygan campus.

Silverstein will discuss the interesting and often controversial topic of gene editing.

The one-hour lecture takes place Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Sheboygan campus, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. Admission and parking are free.

Gaining recent widespread attention in the popular press because of its potential for clinical translation, gene editing is the ability to remove, replace or add a gene sequence, part of a gene or a single code within a gene - to alter our molecular code.

“It is early days in this field, but there have been breakthroughs in the technology that bring promise to positively impact certain human diseases such as hemophilia and sickle cell disease, as well as to eliminate malaria-carrying mosquitoes and develop drought resistant wheat. It is an exciting field and a good example of the importance of basic research and our country’s need to support it,” Silverstein said.

The Speaker’s Series presents a new topic each month (September – May) that is discussed in an open forum format. For directions to the campus or more information, visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu.


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