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CRISPR’s ability to genetically modify DNA offers amazing possibilities to treat disease but comes with the incredible responsibility of altering human life. The science series NOVA, produced by GBH/Boston, explores the science, history, and ethics of this revolutionary gene-editing technology in their feature documentary Human Nature, directed by Adam Bolt and featuring the ground-breaking work of Jennifer Doudna.

Jennifer Doudna was the first biologist to propose the genetic programming ability of CRISPR. We’ll ask Jennifer about the current state of CRISPR, its short and long-term possibilities and the incredible responsibilities of altering human DNA. We’ll also meet Adam Bolt, director of Human Nature, and discuss how he brought this ethically and technically complex story to life.

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MIT Technology Review’s Spotlight On sheds light on the technologies and trends of the moment, such as gaming, CRISPR, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity. For an audience that craves unbiased, hype-free insight, Spotlight On invites recognized insiders to answer the essential questions of new tech: “What is this?” and “Why should I care?” 

Wed, Sep 16 at 2:15 pm ET
Free 30-minute online broadcast

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The amazing possibilities and incredible responsibilities of CRISPR

Featuring special guests

Jennifer Doudna
Biochemist and co-inventor of CRISPR genome editing technology

Adam Bolt
Writer and director, Human Nature

Hosted by Antonio Regalado
Senior editor of biomedicine, 
MIT Technology Review