National Press Club

Genetic Engineering: The Future of Agriculture and Public Health

Genetic Engineering: The Future of Agriculture and Public Health

July 12, 2017 9:00 AM

Location: Lisagor Room

For years, researchers have been developing genetic-engineering techniques to combat some of our most critical global challenges. Advances in accuracy and cost-efficiency sparked a wave of next-generation applications with impressive results. Genetically engineered products are creating biofuels and increasing agriculture yields to power and feed our increasingly crowded planet. In the fight against Zika and Dengue, genetic engineering is proving effective in controlling the most dangerous creature on the planet – the mosquito. And in the laboratory, diseases like HIV and muscular dystrophy have been cured in mice that received gene-editing therapies.

Still, these groundbreaking advances are threatened by fear and lack of understanding by pundits, policymakers, and the public alike. Fevered warnings of “designer babies” and genetically engineered bioweapons threaten to slow the development of a technology that could mitigate or solve problems that are impacting millions of people around the globe. Making sure the world understands the potential for this new technology, and ensuring that policymakers support the tremendous advances that have already been made will incentivize them to continue. Alternatively, fear of unleashing all sorts of imagined horrors could lead to policy decisions that force science to stand down on the precipice of even greater success.

Join ITIF for a discussion of these technologies, their promising applications, and the societal as well as policy challenges and opportunities they present.

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Val Giddings, Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Tim Eyrich, Vice President, Research and Commercialization, Southern Gardens Citrus
Dr. Jay Cormier, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara
Hadyn Parry, Vice President, Corporate Development, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Intrexon
Doug Cole, Director of Marketing and Communications, Simplot Plant Sciences

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