National Academies of Sciences Workshop on “The Promise of Genome Editing Tools to Advance Environmental Health Research” Begins on January 10

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National Academies of Sciences Workshop on “The Promise of Genome Editing Tools to Advance Environmental Health Research” Begins on January 10

Recent scientific advances have made genome editing technologies—a suite of biological tools for making precise additions, deletions, and alterations to the DNA and RNA of living cells– more rapid, efficient, and flexible than ever before. Join experts in molecular biology, toxicology, and public health to explore opportunities for using genome (and epigenome) editing technologies in environmental health research at a free National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on January 10-11, in Washington DC and via webcast.

Participants will discuss genome editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and their applications to help unravel the mechanisms through which environmental stressors affect human health, including developing models of health and disease, testing chemicals for toxicity, and determining mechanisms of toxicity.  Speakers will also explore how research that leverages genome editing tools might inform different types of decisions, including for risk assessment and environmental policy. A preliminary agenda is available here.

The workshop is part of the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series, sponsored by NIEHS.

The workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required to attend. A link to registration and more information can be found at: http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/meetings/the-promise-of-genome-editing-tools-to-advance-environmental-health-research/