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Dr. David Baltimore

Choosing Genes for Our Children: Has the Time Come?

New advances in editing the sequence of DNA in cells, using a system called CRISPR/Cas9, have opened the way to parents altering the inheritance of their children. This could eliminate the danger of passing on deleterious genes, but it also opens the way to choosing alternative genes that might be cosmetically preferred. How easy is this? Do we wish to control it? Could we control it in the global world of today? Big questions put in front of society by advances emanating from biology laboratories.

Dr. David Baltimore

David Baltimore, President Emeritus of Caltech (1997-2006) is the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology and is one of the world’s most influential biologists. He has contributed widely to the understanding of cancer, AIDS and the molecular basis of the human body’s immune response and has profoundly influenced national science policy on such issues as the AIDS epidemic and research in genetic engineering. In 1975, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research into viral replication that provided the key to understanding the life cycle of retroviruses.



Dinner Menu

First Course
Apple Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque

Marinated Flat Iron steak with white cheddar potato gratin, broccolini and baby carrots


Chef's Seasonally Inspired Vegetarian Entrée

Molten Chocolate Lava cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: The Athenaeum 551 South Hill Ave. Pasadena, CA


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