Participants flew in from around the globe to ascend on UC Berkeley’s campus for CRISPRcon. This two-day event ran from August 16–17, 2017 and attracted farmers, scientists, policy makers, ethicists, industry employees, and many others. CRISPRcon provided everyone with a platform to discuss the future of genome engineering in panels, breakout groups, and casual conversations. Panel topics ranged from agriculture to precision medicine and conservation to public perception. A vast assortment of opinions and beliefs about genome engineering were represented amongst the ~350 participants, leading to passionate and honest dialogue.
Check out a blog post from IGI Science Communications Specialist Kevin Doxzen, who offers his reflections on a key theme that emerged during this eclectic event: The stories of CRISPRcon
All photos were taken and edited by Peg Skorpinksi.
For some nice external coverage of CRISPRcon, check out the articles below:
At CRISPRcon, Debating the Promise and Perils of Gene Editing
GEN News | Kevin Davies| August 17, 2017
CRISPR Fans Dream of a Populist Future for Gene Editing
Wired | Megan Molteni | August 18, 2017
CRISPRcon guest post: Hope for a brighter future
The Niche | Anna Everette | August 19, 2017