Invitation to attend novel CRISPR ethics & policy symposium

Several of us here at UC Davis and other Northern California institutions have worked together to organize a unique symposium on CRISPR and genetic modification. You are invited to attend the free meeting, which will take place on May 26th. You can register here.

CRISPR Ethics Meeting Flyer

We will cover CRISPR ethics, policy, and law as they relate both to modification of humans and other organisms. We have a wonderful lineup of speakers that include a diverse panel of scientists, policy makers, and at least one patient.

You can get more info on the flyer above.

My colleague Mark Yarborough here at UC Davis has taken the lead on organizing this meeting, which is our Third Annual UC Davis Stem Cell Research Policy and Ethics Symposium.

The meeting is cosponsored by UCSC Center for Science and Justice, Center to Advance Science in Policy & Regulation, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, UC Berkeley, UCSF, and IGI.

Cool biomed blogs you may not heard of: a drugmonkey, a med student, #CRISPR, & more

Science blogging is somewhat of a communal exercise. At least, it should be and cool biomed blogs are a great community.

One of the most invigorating aspects of blogging is finding new blogs that are worthwhile and edgy.

The NodeBelow I list some of my recommendations for blogs that you might not be familiar with, but that you should definitely check out.

DrugMonkey Blog. A go-to source for perspectives and a reality check on NIH funding, careers, and sometimes a bit about drug science. Whoever DrugMonkey is, s/he is awesome. @drugmonkeyblog

Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) Blog. The IGI is Berkeley’s fantastic gene editing and genomics group that includes Jennifer Doudna and Jacob Corn. Jacob writes the IGI blog and his posts are definitely worth reading including many insights on CRISPR. @igisci 

The Node. Love stem cells and developmental biology? Then you’ll love The Node (symbol above), the timely web offering of news in this arena that feels very much like a blog from the folks who bring us the wonderful journal Development@the_Node 

Nerds Eye View Blog. UC Davis Medical Student Fiona Scott (pictured)Fiona Scott is funny and irreverent as she writes this edgy blog about medical school and more. Many of you will enjoy this site. @Nerdseyeview22

STAT. While STAT is not a blog, it is my vote for the best new biomedical science news outlet of 2015. It has a stellar group of science writers who also seem to have some of the best insider sources. You’ll often read about cool new developments here first. @statnews