Prof. George Church: CRISPR and Technologies For Effective Global Altruism

Link to Prof. George Church’s website.

Prof. Chuch’s Bio

George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of Personal Genome Project, the world’s only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). Prof. Chruch recieved his PhD in 1984 at Harvard University, his PhD thesis included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding.

CRISPR

CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. CRISPRs are segments of prokaryotic DNA containing short, repetitive base sequences. CRISPR forms an important part of the defence systems of bacterial. CRISPR has recently underpinned a revolution in genome engineering. CRISPR/Cas9 enables the permanent modification of genes within organisms.

Effective altruism

Effective altruism is a philosophy that argues evidence and reason are the best ways to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. Effective altruism believes individuals should consider all causes and actions and to act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact.

This lecture was recorded on June 17th, 2017

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