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CRISPR ecology and evolution

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Location

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

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Dr Edze Westra, Dr Rachel Whitaker, Dr Sylvain Gandon and Dr Stineke van Houte.

The picture shows a hot spring in Iceland, which is a natural environment with extremely high CRISPR activities. Image credit: Ellinor Alseth

This meeting will focus on the evolutionary ecology of CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems of prokaryotes, and their applications for ecological engineering including the associated ethical and policy considerations. This meeting will bring together scientists from diverse disciplines and act as a platform to discuss outstanding evolutionary and ecological questions in the field of CRISPR-Cas.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies will be available soon. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Attending the event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Monday 18 February. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Friday 7 December 2018. Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organiser's discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Enquiries: Contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

18 February

Session 1 09:00-12:30

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Chairs

Dr Stan Brouns, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

09:00-09:05 Welcome by the Royal Society & lead organiser

09:05-09:30 A glimpse of CRISPR

Dr Francisco J M Mojica, University of Alicante, Spain

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Origins of the key components of the CRISPR-Cas systems

Dr Eugene Koonin, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 A matter of background: DNA repair pathways as a cause for the sparse distribution of CRISPR-Cas systems in bacteria

Dr Eduardo Rocha, Pasteur Institute, France

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Competition between mobile genetic elements drives optimization of a phage-encoded CRISPR-Cas system: Insights from a natural arms-race

Dr Kimberley Seed, UC Berkeley, USA

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 2

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Chairs

Dr Kimberley Seed, UC Berkeley, USA

13:30-14:00 Different genetic and morphological outcomes for phages targeted by single or multiple CRISPR-Cas spacers

Associate Professor Peter Fineran, University of Otago, New Zealand

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 How microbes keep their CRISPR array functional and up to date

Dr Stan Brouns, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 Talk 3

16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Evolutionary structure of CRISPR-Cas diversity in natural populations

Dr Rachel Whitaker, University of Illinois, USA

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

19 February

Session 3 09:00-12:30

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09:00-09:30 Phages and CRISPR-Cas Systems: The ongoing battle

Professor Sylvain Moineau, Université Laval, Canada

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 How bacteriophages protect themselves from CRISPR

Dr Joe Bondy-Denomy, UC San Francisco, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Talk 3

11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Phage-bacterium coevolution in aquaculture

Dr Lotta-Riina Sundberg, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

LUNCH

Session 4 13:30-17:00

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Chairs

Dr Stineke van Houte, University of Exeter, UK

13:30-14:00 Evolutionary emergence of pathogens in heterogeneous host populations

Dr Sylvain Gandon, CNRS Montpellier, France

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Talk 2

14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 Possibilities for pest and vector control with CRISPR-based constructs

Professor Austin Burt, Imperial College London, UK

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Talk 4

16:45-17:00 Discussion

CRISPR ecology and evolution

This meeting will focus on the evolutionary ecology of CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems of prokaryotes, and their
applications for ecological engineering including the associated ethical and policy considerations. 

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