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GREat Medway Talk – The next generation of biological drugs: hacking code, locks and keys
January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The next talk in the series of Great Medway Talks presented by the Faculty of Engineering and Science will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020 and is presented by Dr Simon Richardson and Benedita Feron from the School of Science.
The biological world is defined by a four letter code found within DNA. The effects of this code are indirect, which makes understanding it or even describing its influence difficult. Since the structure of DNA was published in 1953, they have begun to understand how to read this information. Several Nobel prizes aside, this knowledge has enabled the sequencing of the human genome, which is the documentation of the code responsible for every function inside a cell. To make use of the information you need to understand how proteins encoded by the genome interact and function, as this defines both normal biological processes and pathology. This talk is aimed at exploring gene-editing technologies, i.e. our newfound ability to edit this code. Current limitations will be discussed as well as divorcing fact from fiction. What are the dangers and benefits this technology brings to society at large? who should regulate this technology and how far away from it being clinical reality are we?
Dr Simon Richardson is the Reader of Drug Delivery and Membrane Trafficking at the University of Greenwich and runs the Exogenix laboratory within the School of Science.
Benedita Feron is co-inventor of the recent intellectual property developed by the Exogenix laboratory. Publications can be found on Google Scholar or ResearchGate.
This FREE talk takes place in the Wardroom, Pembroke Building and starts at 6 pm. As the talks are popular, admission is by registration only and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure a place call 01634 883495 or email: ">.
There is free parking on campus after 5 pm arrival.