Building with Biology Forum

Make plans to join us on August 29 for a forum with MTSU Biology Professors Dr. David Nelson and Dr. J. Brian Robertson. We’re tackling genetic engineering the possible use of CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) as a technology for modifying the genome.

If you’re already feeling a little overwhelmed from reading the previous sentence, take a deep breath. This free, public event is intended as an educational tool for helping you to understand and form your own opinion about genetic engineering. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Robertson will spend a little time providing background about genetic engineering applications as well as their own research in combating Parkinson’s disease (Nelson) and studying microbial time keeping (Robertson). Following the question and answer period, forum attendees will split into small groups to discuss specific applications of genetic engineering and decide whether and how to bring this technology to the world.

Building with Biology is a National Science Foundation funded project housed at the Museum of Science, Boston. This is Discovery Center’s second year to participate in the program and first time to host a roundtable forum. The event is free and open to the public (recommended audience is age 16 and up).

Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why, and How Much?
Presented by: Dr. David Nelson and Dr. J. Brian Robertson
Date: Wednesday, August 29
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: Free to attend
Audience: 16 and up (recommended)