Altering Nature with Gene Drives: We Can, But Should We?
Recent advances in the technology of gene editing are revolutionizing our ability to modify organisms genetically. In particular, the CRISPR/Cas9 technology makes it easier and cheaper to alter precisely an organism’s genome. But does this breakthrough bring with it only advantages? This presentation will cover some of the exciting science surrounding modern gene editing along with cautionary thoughts raised by this provocative ability to edit life.
Part of the Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series oganized by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU's Polytechnic campus, it features noted scholar James P. Collins, the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, from ASU's School of Life Sciences.
Dr. James P. Collins has been a faculty member at ASU since 1975. His research group studies host-pathogen biology and its relationship to the decline of species, at times even to extinction. His research also focuses on the intellectual and institutional factors that have shaped ecology’s development as a discipline, as well as ecological ethics.
From 1989–2002, Professor Collins chaired ASU’s zoology, then biology department. At the National Science Foundation (NSF), he was director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology program from 1985–1986. From 2005–2009, he was a member of NSF’s senior management team as head of the Biological Sciences Directorate.
He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, and past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. He is past chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is currently chair of the Board on Life Sciences of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and was on the Board of Delegates for Oxford University Press.