How the new genome-editing technologies in agriculture will change our everyday lives

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/02/17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Alliance Française de Chicago

Hosted by
French-American Science Festival 2017


How the new genome-editing technologies in agriculture will change our everyday lives

French-American Science Festival 2017

7:00pm – Conference

A public lecture by Pr. Agnès Ricroch (Associate professor at AgroParisTech, France and Adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA).
The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2017 | FREE
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago54 W Chicago, Chicago, IL

The first GM crops started being cultivated in 1996 following the discovery of transgenesis in 1983. In 1990, the European Union (EU) adopted its first regulatory framework on GMOs. As a result of strong regulatory constraints, commercial cultivation of GM crops is minimal in the EU. Despite of this, the EU remains a major importer of soybean, corn, and rapeseed GM products. Since its discovery in 2012, the CRISPR/Cas technology has emerged as a revolutionary genome-editing technology applicable to all living organisms. It allows the DNA to be cut at desired locations, making possible for existing genes to be removed and/or new ones added.

agnes-ricroch-300Using a comprehensive database, Pr. Agnès Ricroch will review all the recent applications of the CRISPR/Cas in crops and farm animals to meet with today’s agricultural challenges. The use of genome-editing technologies in plant breeding requires a novel EU regulatory approach for new cultivated plant varieties.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2017

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