Editable Future: The Technical, Ethical, Legal and Artistic Perspectives of Gene Editing

TEXT:CAFA ART INFO    TIME: 2019.11.11

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Time:  6-9pm, 12th of November, 2019Venue: Auditorium, CAFA Art Museum


A Brief Introduction of Genome Editing Technology

Speaker: Yangming WANG

Principal Investigator of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Berggruen fellow at Peking University

Wang studies the function of noncoding RNAs-the dark matter of our genome-and stem cells that hold potential to cure a variety of diseases such as diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. He has systematically dissected the function of microRNAs in embryonic stem cells and invented a microRNA-inducible CRISPR platform for controllable genome editing in mammalian cells. He is broadly interested in the impact of cutting-edge biotechnology development such as genome editing, DNA sequencing and genetic diagnosis, and stem cell therapy on human society.▼


Gene Edited Babies: What went wrong and what could go wrong

Speaker: Haoyi WANG

Principle Investigator of the State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Wang has developed of a variety of genome engineering technologies, including transposon-based method for determining the binding specificity of transcription factors, TALEN- and CRISPR-mediated genome editing in human pluripotent stem cells and mice. His current research interests are 1. Developing novel tools for genome engineering; 2. Establishment of novel therapeutic methods using gene editing; 3. Study the mechanism of X chromosome inactivation in human using stem cell and CRISPR technologies.▼


Ethical and Legal Controversies concerning Human Germline Genome Editing

Speaker: Yaojin PENG

Associate professor at the Institute of Zoology (IOZ), Innovation Academy for Stem Cell and Regeneration (IASCR), CAS

Peng holds a Bachelor’s degree in life science and a Ph.D in Law (Maastricht University, the Netherlands). He was a visiting scholar at Singapore Management University (SMU). His research focuses on biotechnology law and ethics, intellectual property rights and standardization, S&T and innovation policies, etc.▼


The Governance of  Biotechnology: the Wisdom of the History and the Challenge of the Emerging Gene Editting

Speaker: Lu GAO

Associate professor in Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, CAS

Gao received her Phd in STS Center, Tsinghua University. She was visiting scholars of ISSTI of Edinburgh University, and East Asia Center at Stanford University.   Her research focuses on the governance of emerging technologies, especially life sciences. She has been published more than 20 papers about biotech governance, the history of bioethics.▼


Gene as Artistic Media

Speaker: Jo WEI

Researcher of Art, Science and Technology (AST) in the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Curator

Jo Wei is a curator, researcher and the founder of the Pan Bio-Art Studio (PBS). She is currently a researcher of Art, Science and Technology (AST) in the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing. Her recent research interests include AST in a posthuman context, bio art/bio design, ecological art and others. Among the list of her many curations are Ars Electronica in Shenzhen (2019, Shenzhen), Quasi-Nature: Bio Art, Borderline, Laboratory (2019, Beijing), and When Forms do not Become Attitude (2016, Beijing). Wei was the co-curator of 1st and 2nd edition of Beijing Media Art Biennale and International Adviser for the European Commission’s 2019 STARTS Prize.▼


Identity issues: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going

Speaker: Marta de Menezes


Marta de Menezes’ work explores the possibilities modern biology offers to artists. She has been developing, for the last 20 years, the use of biology and biotechnology as new art media, conducting her practice in research laboratories that also are her art studios.Besides the works by de Menezes like first seminal bioart project entitled “Nature?” (1998) that questions the definition of nature through a non-genetic manipulation of live butterfly wing patterns, and her most recent projects that use the technology of CRISPR-cas9 to reengage with questions of identity as a species, as animals, as composites, and multiples – and how we understand these concepts in relation to our future.

Roundtable: The Technical, Ethical, Legal and Aristic Perspectives of Gene Editing

Curator of the program: Jo Wei

Host: Central Academy of Fine Arts


CAFA Visual Art Innovation Institute

Institute of Molecular Medicine, Peking University

School of Experimental Art, CAFA

CAFA Art Museum

Berggruen Research Center, Peking University

Courtesy of the Organizer.