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What if there were no barriers to the use of genetic engineering for food production? Could we employ microbes to turn waste streams into food or produce transgenic headless chickens? If so, would we eat them? What impossible-seeming things are underway already? What might be possible in the future, and what should we do? What dangers would arise, if any?

Join the following writers and scientists for a discussion of futuristic foods:

  • Rafeeat Aliyu is a writer of speculative fiction interested in food and the future.
  • Marsha Gordon is a film studies professor interested in the ways American culture imagines the past, present and future.
  • Rodolphe Barrangou is a scientist who studies CRISPR-Cas systems and has co-founded several companies with a focus on food applications for enhancing health and sustainability.
  • Heike Sederoff is a scientist who studies metabolic engineering of plants to improve the sustainability of agriculture.

Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions and the Department of English are the event cosponors.

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Karen Ciccone at or 9193574174.

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