Personal Genetics Education Project

pgEd at CRISPRcon: Conversations on Science, Society, and the Future of Gene Editing

pgEd had the pleasure of partnering with Keystone to develop the program for the 2018 CRISPRcon, which took place in Boston on June 4-5. The meeting took a multifaceted look at the topic of ‘gene editing’: from the various applications and recent technological developments to their impact on communities, societies, and cultures across the world.

The panels featured a wide range of speakers, including Melissa Buffalo (Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health), who pgEd met through our collaborations with the education team at Sanford Research in South Dakota, and Shaykh Yasir Fahmy (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center), who pgEd met through our work with Muslim communities in Boston. In addition, pgEd’s own Florcy Romero spoke as a panelist on “CRISPR and the ‘Culture Creators’: The role of thought leaders, trendmakers, and trust builders in societal conversations on gene editing”. Her contribution was highlighted in a WIRED article: “CRISPR fans fight for egalitarian access to gene editing”.

For an overview of the meeting’s program as well as a summary of CRISPRcon 2018, please click here.