CRISPR and the Future of Biotech

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly advancing the potential of technology to change living organisms, including humans. We dive into the forefront of the debates on the ethical limits of these technologies. Students learn about the rich history and modern context of innovation in healthcare and technology within the greater Boston metropolitan area.

Learning Objectives

Build a shared working knowledge and vocabulary around the development of CRISPR processes and the mechanisms by which this tool works.
Understand the ways that the benefits of economic development in the greater Boston area have been divided amongst the community members.
Understand how the recent advent of innovation hubs is changing the landscape for private enterprise.

Places and Activities

This program is flexible and can be offered in 5, or 7-day itineraries.

Exploring the 2 of the world’s ‘giants’ of research universities: Harvard and MIT, touring the campuses and meeting with current graduate students working on a range of scientific pursuits.

Rotating between the university and for-profit research centers engaged with biological and genomic research, engaging directly with researchers about their current projects, the day-to-day of their jobs, and what they see as the potential applications of CRISPR and other technologies

Engaging in a data-collection activity, moving through the city to see how access to transportation can serve as a social justice issue.

Closing the time spent with a reflection, thinking about the issues grappled with, and what the future may hold.

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