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Re-writing the Code of Life: CRISPR Systems and Applications of Gene Editing

Prize lecture


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Professor Jennifer Doudna ForMemRS

Gene editing with CRISPR technology is transforming biology. Understanding the underlying chemical mechanisms of RNA-guided DNA and RNA cleavage provides a foundation for both conceptual advances and technology development. Professor Jennifer Doudna ForMemRS will discuss how bacterial CRISPR adaptive immune systems inspire creation of powerful genome engineering tools, enabling advances in both fundamental biology and applications in medicine. She will also discuss the ethical challenges of some of these applications.

The award

The Croonian Medal Prize Lecture is the premier lecture in the biological sciences and is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London.

Professor Jennifer Doudna ForMemRS was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2018 for her outstanding structural and functional studies of RNA and ribonucleoprotiens and for elucidating the molecular mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas9 system and developing it for genetic engineering.

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Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks before the event.
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Re-writing the Code of Life: CRISPR Systems and Applications of Gene Editing The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK