GMOs and Transgenic Organisms – Threat or Opportunity?

Join us on Monday, April 2, for a panel discussion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).  GMO crops have increased globally from 4 acres in 1996 to over 400 acres in 2016, but this rapid increase has slowed considerably in the last two years.  Part of this slowing trend is saturation (more than 90% of the soy and cotton grown in the US is genetically engineered), part is legislation (many countries strictly limit transgenic organisms)  Until recently, it required expensive research infrastructure and expertise to genetically modify organisms.  But in 2015 a new technique, CRISPR, emerged that can make genetic modification child’s play.  Monsanto obtained the first license to use CRISPR to modify crops in 2016.  How will CRISPR change how we make and use GMOs?  Will CRISPR spark a renewed increase in GMOs?  What are the ecological and health implications of GMOs and CRISPR?   Bring your questions to our panel experts.

Who:

  • Dr. Alejandro Calderón-Urrea (Plant Developmental Biologist; Dept. Biology; California State University Fresno)
  • Dr. John Constable (Plant Physiologist; Dept. Biology; California State University Fresno)
  • Dr. Jorge M. González (Entomologist; Dept. Plant Sciences; California State University Fresno)
  • Dr. Chris Meyer (Biochemist; Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics; California State University Fresno)
  • Dr. Tricia Van Laar (Microbiologist; Dept. Biology; California State University Fresno)

Where: Santa Fe Basque3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA

When: April 2, 2018, at 7:00 PM (Arrive early for dinner!)image

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