The Washington Market School – 2019 WMS Spring Gala
Auction Ends: May 17, 2019 08:00 AM EDT

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Private Basic Genetic Engineering Class for 4

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Estimated Value
$5,000 USD
Opening Bid
$1,000 USD

Item Description

Private class for 4 people to learn basic genetic engineering and use CRISPR technology in Carverr's lab with Carverr, Inc.'s Chief Science Officer Dr. Ellen Jorgensen. 

Dr. Jorgensen is a two-time TED Speaker on CRISPR and founder of Genspace, the world's first maker space for genetic engineering. 


Item Special Note

CRISPR is the new genome editing technology that has disrupted the biotechnology industry.The first CRISPRed human baby was born at the end of 2018. Is it really plug-and-play? Are we gods now? During the workshop you will do actual hands-on lab work to edit the genome of yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. We'll also take a look at the latest CRISPR developments and the ethical questions created by them- from editing human embryos to bringing back the Woolly Mammoth- and the bitter battle over patents and the Nobel Prize.

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, Wired, Make, BBC News, Dan Rather, PBS News, Discovery Channel, and The NY Times. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, and currently is Chief Science Officer at the biotech startup Carverr Inc. Her TED talks (Biohacking: You Can Do It Too and What You Need To Know About CRISPR) have received over 2 million views. In 2016 Fast Company named her one of their Most Creative Leaders in Business.