Date(s) - 05/02/17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance Française de Chicago
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 Chicago – 54 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.
Using 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