“Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why, and How Much?”


Should We Edit the Genome?

When, Why, and How Much?

A Short Lecture and Open Forum

Sponsored by Anselm House, Crown College, and Southwest Christian High School.

Monday, November 4, 2019 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Southwest Christian High School | 1981 Bavaria Road, Chaska, MN

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Registration is free, but required. 

Speaker: Dr. Michael Smanski, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota.

All are welcome! High school and college students, scientists, educators, and members of the general public. This will be a great opportunity to discuss and learn more about this current topic. 


6:00pm   |  Welcome

6:10pm   |  Dr. Smanski’s Lecture

6:35pm   |  Discussion. Please note that participants will spend this time in active guided discussion using materials provided.

7:45pm   |  Report Out & Closing

More about the Speaker:

Mike Smanski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and the BioTechnology Institute. Dr. Smanski received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California – San Diego and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin, where he deciphered the genetic and biochemical basis for the production of antibiotics platensimycin and platencin by Streptomyces platensis.As an HHMI Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, he worked with Chris Voigt at MIT to develop a comprehensive pipeline for the design, construction, and analysis of large libraries of multi-gene plasmids. He is a recent the recipient of the Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. Dr. Smanski’s goal is to develop enabling technologies to engineer biology in ways that address challenges in medicine, agriculture, and the environment.

Forum materials developed by the Museum of Science Boston.  The event is free. Sponsored by Anselm House, Crown, and SWCHS.