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Empiricist League 19: CRISPR and the Emerging Future of Gene Editing

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


What makes CRISPR—Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats—such a buzzworthy technology? How could this gene editing technology be used? Designer babies? Driving mosquitos to extinction? Curing disease? Who will actually get to use CRISPR?

Join us for the Empiricist League’s nineteenth gathering, featuring presentations about the revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR. Hear perspectives from the DIY, creative, and startup communities.

Doors at 7pm. First speaker starts at 7:30pm.

Ellen Jorgensen, PhD
“CRISPR 101: ‘Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats’ Made Easy”
As co-founder of Genspace, Brooklyn’s Community Biotech Lab, Ellen has developed a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science. Her efforts have been widely chronicled, including in Science, Wired, and The New York Times, and her TED Talks have received millions of views. In 2014 Fast Company named Genspace one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education, and in 2016 ​they named Ellen as one of the top Creative Leaders in Business. ​Genspace ​has received major funding from the Simons Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation. Dr. Jorgensen will give to the Empiricist League a download on the basics of CRISPR.

Adam Bolt
“Science and Society: Documenting the Evolution of Gene Editing”
Adam Bolt is filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He was the editor and co-writer of Inside Job (2011), which won an Academy Award winner for Best Documentary; He was editor, writer, and senior producer of Showtime’s Emmy-award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously; editor and co-producer of the The Recruiter (HBO), which won a Columbia duPont award for excellence in broadcast journalism in 2010. Adam will speak to the Empiricist League about what inspired him to direct his upcoming feature length film about CRISPR.

Sarah Richardson, PhD
“The Germ Wrangler: The Future of CRISPR and Gene Editing”
Sarah Richardson, aka “The Germ Wrangler”, has a BS in biology from the University of Maryland and a PhD in human genetics and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2015 she was awarded a L’Oréal Women in Science postdoctoral fellowship to pursue her work on cryptic CRISPR systems. As chief scientist of Ignition Genomics she is dedicated to the development of clever genetic tools for overlooked or underexploited bacteria. This past October, Richardson’s SXSW Eco Keynote, “The Planet is a Cookbook: Genetic Engineering Recipes for the Future” was lauded as one of the best moments of SXSW Eco. Dr. Richardson will speak to the Empiricist League about what’s on the horizon for gene editing.


March 22
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Union Hall
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States


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