Wednesday, July 5 at Noon
The Science Museum of Virginia welcomes clinical microbiologist, Arthur Guruswamy, as a special addition to its free Lunch Break Science program. On Wednesday, July 5, at Noon, Guruswamy will present The Exploding World of Curing Genetic Diseases Known as CRISPR/ CAS9 – discussing a breakthrough technology that is hailed as one of the greatest medical discoveries of our time.
The community is invited to bring lunch and join the former Mayo Clinic researcher as he breaks down the science behind the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology. The CRISPR system (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) can be programmed to target specific stretches of genetic code and to edit DNA at precise locations, allowing scientists to permanently modify genes in living cells – and may make it possible to permanently correct mutations in the human genome.
“My presentation will focus on the potential of this biological system to correct human genetic diseases by altering DNA,” explains Arthur Guruswamy, clinical microbiologist. “This discussion at the Science Museum of Virginia will be the first of its kind in the Richmond area, and I am excited to share the spectacular results from laboratories around the world that have adopted this technology.”
Sharing his in-depth knowledge of genetic diseases, Guruswamy will give a professional perspective of this new technology and delve into the impact this discovery has made on the future of medical treatments. The hour-long presentation will explain CRISPR in easy-to-understand terminology, keeping the community informed on the latest information about this developing medical technology.
Lunch Break Science is free to the general public. Seating is limited. Visit smv.org or call 804.864.1400 for more information.