The sequencing of the human genome and genomes from other organisms has revealed deep insights into how organisms function. Armed with that knowledge and recent technological advances, it is now possible to perform widespread editing of the DNA in humans and many other organisms. How does such gene editing work? What are the implications for our ability to alter our own genome and those of other organisms? Should we be doing such “editorial work” on humans, and if so, in what ways? And what about “gene drives” to intentionally alter other organisms?

Professor Jeff Hardin will join us for a lunch lecture, part of a mini-series on the integration of scientific research and Christian faith with UW-Madison scientists. This event is underwritten by the Science & Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries (STEAM) grant.

Dr. Jeff Hardin is Professor and Chair of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.Div. from the International School of Theology. His numerous research articles focus on the genetic regulation of cell movement and cell adhesion during embryonic development, which has broad implications for understanding human birth defects and cancer. He is also a nationally and internationally recognized biology educator, and the senior author of a widely used cell biology textbook, The World of the Cell (Pearson). Hardin is the only scientist in the Religious Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the director of the Isthmus Society, which is committed to promoting dialogue between science and religion. Additionally, he serves on the national advisory board for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Faculty Ministry and as faculty advisor for the Navigators and InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship on the UW-Madison campus.