2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Reprogramming the Genome with CRISPR

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 2-3
310 E 5th ST


CRISPR gene editing is widely used by biologists as the DNA programming tool of choice - cells, organisms and populations can be altered with it. We’ve made faster progress than you'd imagine. CRISPR programs can now be written online and printed in labs with ease. Teams have attempted human embryo reprogramming in China, and “gene drives” – DNA programs that bias inheritance in populations – are almost ready to modify organisms in the wild. Will we see the eradication of Alzheimer’s and mosquitoes? Or ecological disaster and designer super-babies for the rich? Join the inventors and leaders of the CRISPR field as they demonstrate and discuss what is - and what should be - possible.

Hashtags: #sxsw #CRISPR


Edward Perello at SXSW

Edward Perello

Chief Business Officer

Desktop Genetics

Edward Perello is co-founder of Desktop Genetics Ltd, a London software company creating tools to engineer any gene, in any cell, in any species - without stepping into a lab.

Edward has long-b...

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Kevin Esvelt at SXSW

Kevin Esvelt


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An evolutionary sculptor of molecules and ecosystems, Dr. Kevin Esvelt first described how CRISPR gene drives could be used to alter the traits of wild populations. To ensure that gene drive appli...

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Megan Palmer at SXSW

Megan Palmer

Sr Research Scholar

Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford University

Dr. Megan J. Palmer work seeks to develop, promote and advise on best practices and policies to responsibly advance biotechnology and other emerging technologies. She is currently a Senior Research...

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Rachel Haurwitz at SXSW

Rachel Haurwitz

Pres & CEO

Caribou Biosciences

Rachel is President and CEO of Caribou Biosciences, a gene editing platform technology company. In 2014, she was named by Forbes Magazine to the "30 Under 30" list in Science and Healthcare, and in...

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