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February 2018

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

February 28, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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A Rainy Day Books author event co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library. Dr. Michio Kaku will discuss his latest book, The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.

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March 2018

Unfolding ‘The Deepest Mysteries of Creation’ with CRISPR Gene-editing Technology

March 15, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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With a revolutionary technology called CRISPR that was discovered in a most unexpected way, we have entered a new era of precision genetic manipulation, in which diseases and cancers could be erased in patients, but so too could heritable genetic changes be engineered in human embryos. What will we choose to do with this awesome power?

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April 2018

The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA’s Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

April 5, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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The TVs of Tomorrow is a portrait of American innovation during the Cold War, which confirms that success in the electronics industry hinges upon input from both the laboratory and the boardroom.

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Interspecies Chimeras and Genome Editing for Organ Regeneration

April 26, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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Chimaeras are both monsters of the ancient imagination and a long-established research tool. Recent advances in gene editing have carved out new paths towards understanding fundamental biology as well as potential clinical applications.

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May 2018

One Tool to Rule Them All: CRISPR and Emerging Biotechnologies

May 10, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Some applications of CRISPR are raising ethical and other concerns, and are presenting interesting policy challenges to our current oversight system for research in the life sciences. What can we learn from previous experiences with emerging biotechnologies and how can we adapt our current policy framework to the gene editing technologies of today and tomorrow?

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