The end of genetic disease | Jacob Corn | TEDxBerkeley by TEDx Talks   3 years ago

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What if humans could be edited to run faster, jump higher, and think bigger? What if disease could be eradicated before it ever came to be? These are the questions that no longer belong in just comic books, but in the laboratory of the Innovative Genomics Institute’s Scientific Director, Jacob Corn. In this talk, he explores the future and ethics of CRISPR/Cas-9 genome editing.

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Jacob Corn is the Managing Director and Scientific Director of the Innovative Genomics Initiative and faculty at UC Berkeley in the department of Molecular & Cell Biology. Jacob’s research generally bridges reductionist mechanism with cell biology, with the overarching goal of understanding how biophysical properties interact within the cellular environment to shape signaling behavior and how disease arises when these properties go awry. As the director of the IGI, Jacob is committed to pushing the boundaries of next-generation genome editing for transformative insights into fundamental biologies and to laying the groundwork for clinical and commercial applications of the technology.

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