CRISPR-Cas - From Evolution to Revolution

8 March 2018 from 14:30 to 17:45 hrs
Aula Wageningen University Research, Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG Wageningen
+31 20 551 0767
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During this symposium, four speakers will look at different aspects of CRISPR-Cas research: its evolution, the mechanism involved, gene therapy, and the ethical side.

Rapid advances have been made in recent years in CRISPR-Cas and other genome-editing techniques. They offer a precise, inexpensive and efficient way of modifying or switching off genes in living cells by removing, replacing or inserting pieces of DNA. These advances have sparked a revolution in genome editing, both in basic research and in biotech and medical projects.


  • Eugene Koonin, Professor of Evolutionary and Computational Biology, National Center for Biotechnology Information and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States – On the origin of CRISPR-Cas
  • John van der Oost, Professor of Microbiology & Biochemistry, Wageningen University & Research – Molecular CRISPR-Cas - from RNA to R&D
  • Niels Geijsen, Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Hubrecht Instituut KNAW, Utrecht – Gene editing with a pinch of salt
  • Annelien Bredenoord, Professor of Ethics of Biomedical Innovation, Utrecht Universityt – Why we should (not) modify the human germline ...

Moderators: John van der Oost and Willem M. de Vos, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research.