Due to illness, Utah State University biochemist Ryan Jackson’s Science Unwrapped presentation is rescheduled for Friday, March 5, 2021.
Jackson presents “A ‘CRISPR’ Understanding: How Genetic Engineering Will Impact Our Lives Now and in the Future” at 7 p.m. MST via Zoom webinar on Science Unwrapped on Science Unwrapped’s website.
Hosted by USU’s College of Science, the online event is free and open to all ages. The gathering also features a live, question-and-answer session following Jackson’s talk, along with links to video learning activities.
“CRISPR is a family of DNA sequences found in the genomes of such organisms as bacteria and archaea,” says Jackson, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “We think of it as something new, but would it surprise you to learn that CRISPR is naturally all around us and has been for eons?”
Jackson will guide Science Unwrapped viewers through CRISPR’s discovery, its biology, how the technology is being used in such areas as synthetic biology and disease diagnostics, along with the ethics surrounding its use.
An Aggie alum, Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from USU in 2005, and completed a doctoral degree in biochemistry from Utah State in 2012. He was a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Search Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow at Montana State University from 2014-2016, and joined Utah State’s faculty in 2016.
Jackson’s presentation is part of Science Unwrapped’s 2020-21 “Brave New World” series, which kicked off in September 2020 and continues through April 2021. On Friday, March 19, USU political science professor Jeannie Johnson, director of USU’s Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, presents “The Dark Side of Dataveillance.” On Friday, April 16, USU physiologist and medical ethicist Andy Anderson, principal lecturer in USU’s Department of Biology, presents, “A Time to Die.”