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CRISPR, Sickle Cell Disease, & Society: A VR Explainer & Ethics Discussion

Want to learn more about the recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry? Curious about the potential of CRISPR technology and how it will impact society? Join this free event part of the Bay Area Science Festival.

This two-part event begins with a narrated virtual reality “tour” of a human body. A CRISPR scientist will explain what causes sickle cell disease, how it affects the body, and how CRISPR genome editing may be used to repair the sickle mutation.

Following the tour, the audience will join a set of panelists to have a candid conversation on science & society, including topics like health disparities in the U.S., race and racism in medicine, access to emerging therapies, the ethics of CRISPR, and more.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Register on Eventbrite anytime to receive a Zoom or YouTube link.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops, Online

Friday, October 23, 2020

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9:30 am   California Academy of Sciences Reopens Oct. 23  $27.99*
*Please note that ticket prices have not been released yet (as of Sept. 30). So ticket prices might vary for the reopening in October 2020
11:00 am   Lids at Pier 39 Grand Opening Weekend  FREE
All Day   2020 Bay Area Science Festival: 125+ Free Events (Oct. 21-25)  FREE*
*Free, but registration required
5:00 pm   CRISPR, Sickle Cell Disease, & Society: A VR Explainer & Ethics Discussion  FREE*
*Register on Eventbrite anytime to receive a Zoom or YouTube link.
5:00 pm   Paula Sneed Online Discussion: New Book “Funeral Diva”  FREE*
*Event is free, but registration is required. Register here: https://litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlRX/funeral-diva-pamela-sneed-with-tommy-pico-and-nicole-dennis-benn
6:30 pm   6:30p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (Oakland)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
7:00 pm   The Future of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy w/ Rick Roblin & Giselle Fernandes-Osterhold  FREE*
*We are offering conversation events like this one for free to keep them accessible during these times, but we would normally charge $20 for a ticket. This helps us offset the costs of event production. We ask that you pay what you can to help keep our events accessible to all. Thank you for supporting CIIS Public Programs.
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*Regular price: $25 adv for adults - Use code FUNCHEAP for $2 off tickets
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8:30 pm   8:30p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (Oakland)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
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