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Genetic Engineering Topic for UT Science Forum Sept. 18

anything-good-from-gmosDr. Tessa Burch-Smith, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology at the University of Tennessee will present “Can Anything Good Come Out of GMOs?” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, September 18.

The term ‘genetic engineering’ is fraught with connotations, and means very different things to various people. To some it holds great promise for medical, agricultural and social advances, while to others it is a technology that places life and health at great risk. In her talk, Dr. Burch-Smith will explore genetic engineering as it is currently used in industry, medicine and agriculture. She will also discuss the potential, if any, of this technology to address some of the challenges we face including climate change, finding alternatives to fossil fuels and the emergence of new diseases.

The UT Science Forum takes place each Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to either bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena.