The next generation of biological drugs: hacking code, locks and keys

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15 January 2020 18:00 - 20:00
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The biological world is defined by a four-letter code found within DNA. The effects of this code are indirect, which makes understanding it or even describing its influence difficult. Since the structure of DNA was published in 1953, we have begun to understand how to read this information. Several Nobel prizes aside, this knowledge has enabled the sequencing of the human genome, which is the documentation of the code responsible for every function inside a cell. To make use of this information we need to understand how the proteins encoded by the genome interact and function, as this defines both normal biological processes and pathology. This talk is aimed at exploring gene-editing technologies i.e. our newfound ability to edit this code. We will discuss current limitations and divorce fact from fiction. What are the dangers and benefits this technology brings to society at large? Who should regulate this technology and how far away from it being a clinical reality are we?


Simon Richardson is the Reader of Drug Delivery and Membrane Trafficking at the University of Greenwich. Benedita Feron is co-inventor of the recent intellectual property developed by the Exogenix laboratory. Publications can be found on Google Scholar or ResearchGate.


University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Kent
Pembroke Ward Room
University of Greenwich
Central Avenue
Chatham Maritime
United Kingdom

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