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NIH to host a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with CRISPR scientist, Dr. Jennifer Doudna

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CRISPR-Cas9 is a customizable tool that lets scientists cut and insert small pieces of DNA at precise areas along a DNA strand. This lets scientists study our genes in a specific, targeted way.

NIH is holding a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., and her research group, along with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Centers for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) program directors. They will answer questions about her research, her new, NHGRI-funded Center for Genome Editing and Recording, and the CEGS program. The CEGS program supports the formation of interdisciplinary research teams to develop innovative genomic research projects. Members of the media and public are invited to ask questions, or follow along with the conversation during the Reddit AMA.

Dr. Doudna's new center will focus on refining technologies, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, that alter, detect, and record the sequence and functional output of the genome in individual cells and tissues in both healthy and disease states. Work like this will develop the precise manipulation of DNA sequences at the scale and level of accuracy that has not been currently realized and advance the promise of genomic medicine.


Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and members of her lab.

Lisa Brooks, Ph.D., program director, Dan Gilchrist, Ph.D., program director, Lu Wang, Ph.D., program director, and Carolyn Hutter, Ph.D., acting division director, all in the Division of Genome Sciences at NHGRI.

Lawrence Brody, Ph.D., division director for the Division of Genomics and Society at NHGRI.


The AMA will be held at 8 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, January 18, 2018, through this link (under "Upcoming AMAs"). Hosts will answer questions from 1-3 p.m. Eastern.

More information:

A Reddit AMA is an opportunity to ask interesting individuals question about anything and everything. Log in or sign up for a free Reddit account and ask your questions starting at 8 a.m. Eastern by clicking on the published AMA that can be found here (under "Upcoming AMAs").

Learn more about the Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) program at www.genome.gov/10001771/centers-of-excellence-in-genomic-science//centers-of-excellence-in-genomic-science/

Learn more about Dr. Doudna's research at http://rna.berkeley.edu/


Sheena Faherty, Ph.D.
NHGRI Communications
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Last updated: January 11, 2018