Session: What's the Buzz? Exploring the Biology and Technology of CRISPR

What's the Buzz? Exploring the Biology and Technology of CRISPR

CRISPR has been in the news a lot in recent years, and much focus has been on the ethics of using CRISPR to modify genomes. But what is CRISPR? Where did it originate? How is it used by scientists to edit genomes? We’ll describe how CRISPR works in nature as a bacterial immune system (yes, bacteria also get viral infections!) and how CRISPR was discovered. Then we’ll explore how researchers have modified naturally occurring CRISPR to use as a tool to turn genes on or off, or to correct alleles of a gene that cause disease. This workshop will connect CRISPR to other topics you may already cover in your classroom: biotechnology, crossing over in meiosis, and DNA repair mechanisms. We’ll explore how scientists think creatively as we explore CRISPR. Materials used in the workshop are available for loan from the MSOE Model Lending Library; borrowers just pay return shipping.

Presenters: Judy Baeten & Margaret Franzen, Center for BioMolecular Modeling, Milwaukee School of Engineering

 

Student Level: Middle School, High School

Subjects: General Science, Biology, AP Biology, Biotech