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New Bedford Science Café
November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New Bedford Science Café allows the public to ask experts questions about scientific subjects every month. November’s speaker, Kate O’Connor-Giles, the Provost Associate Professor of Brain Science at Brown University, will discuss “Designer Fruit Flies: Using CRISPR to Study Brain
Development and Genetic Brain Disorders.”
Adapted from bacteria ten years ago to kill invading viruses, CRISPR has since taken over the world by giving scientists a simple tool for gene editing. Scientists Kate O’Connor-Giles and her collaborators were the first to develop CRISPR approaches for gene editing in fruit flies.
In her talk, she’ll describe her lab’s work to identify neurodevelopmental genes using CRISPR. Also, Kate will explain how CRISPR works and the future of gene editing.