CRISPR Babies & GMO Food: Challenges of Gene Editing


CRISPR Babies & GMO Food: Challenges of Gene Editing

This session is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
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What Does the Future of Gene Editing Look Like?

Editing the DNA of babies to cure lethal diseases and to give them blue eyes? Save World hunger with GMO crops while unmodified plants go extinct because the new ones take over?

It is certain that gene editing will greatly influence our lives in the future. Its use has potentially great benefits, and on the flip side, devastating consequences. However, with gene editing, various diseases could be cured and more people could be fed with fewer resources. 

But, what is considered a lethal disease needing to be cured and how do we prevent GMO crops from spreading in nature? This question is where we draw the line. For now. 

Interested in how gene editing will influence our future? Join our session together with several experts to we start the journey in the search for answers, and find out how gene editing could influence and improve many aspects of our lives. Join to help decide where we draw a new line!

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Hear interesting input from

Eric van der Helm (NLD)

Eric is Head of Synthetic Biology & Bioinformatics at SNIPR Biome. SNIPR Biome is pioneering a novel use of CRISPR/Cas technology to address human diseases, in which they selectively target detrimental bacterial species within the human body.

Barbara Ann Halkier (DK)

Barbara is Head of DynaMo Center of Excellence, where they seek to understand the dynamics of molecular processes that enable a plant to coordinate growth and survival in the ever-changing environment. Has previously given a successful talk at Science & Cocktails on “Plan(t)s for the future”.

Anne Nørremølle (DK)

Anne is Head of the Nørremølle group at the Department of cellular and molecular medicine. The goal of the Nørremølle research group our goal is to understand the mechanisms of inherited neurodegenerative disorders. 

Anne-Marie Gerdes (DK)

Anne-Marie is the Chairman of the Danish Council on Ethics and professor in clinical genetics. This group advises and creates debate on biotechnology, which affects human life, our nature, the environment, and food.


Keenan Pinto (IND)

Keenan is the CEO of Nordetect and a core member of REBBLS. REBBLS, are a group of students and professionals with a passion for entrepreneurship and life sciences, who strive to both educate and inspire people about this interdisciplinary field and to improve the environment and opportunities in Denmark. At REBBLS we create a platform to learn people valuable interdisciplinary connections that today’s talents need for building tomorrow’s life science successes. We challenge the convention and inspire entrepreneurial mindsets by facilitating rebellious events.

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