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The Past, Present, and Future of DNA

  • Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Knafel Center
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Panel at "The Past, Present, and Future of DNA" conference.
Photo by Jessica Scranton

The focus of this one-day science symposium is on the explosion of knowledge about past and present DNA, and includes discussions about possible directions and applications for future research. The event includes experts in ancient DNA, de-extinction, human origins, population genetics, forensic science, ethics, business, future synthetic life, and the personal genome.

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Mammoth, Neanderthals, and Your Ancestors discussion of

Mammoths, Neanderthals, and Your Ancestors


WELCOME

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


INTRODUCTION

Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


MAMMOTHS, NEANDERTHALS, AND YOUR ANCESTORS

Moderator: George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School


John Hawks, Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Spencer Wells, scientist, author, entrepreneur, and former explorer-in-residence and director of the Genographic Project at National Geographic

Speaker discussing 'Forensic DNA Investigation' at

Forensic DNA Investigation


Greg Hampikian, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Joint appointment in Department of Criminal Justice, Director of the Idaho Innocence Project, Boise State University


Introduced by Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Speaker discussing 'The Ethical Frontier of DNA' at

The Ethical Frontier of DNA


Arthur Caplan, Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics; Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center, NYU School of Medicine


Introduced by Danielle Allen, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and Professor, Department of Government and Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

Panel discussing 'The Future Utility of DNA' at

The Future Utility of DNA


Moderator: Christine Seidman, Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Jacob Corn, Scientific Director, Innovative Genomics Initiative; Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley


Alison Murdoch, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Head of Department, Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Fertility Centre for Life, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)


Floyd Romesberg, Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute


CLOSING REMARKS

Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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