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TALK – HUMANOLOGY: A SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO OUR AMAZING EXISTENCE

City Hall, Friday 21st June 5 p.m.

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Comic books and Hollywood have always had a great time with enhanced humans created by genetic engineering – stories featuring a dystopian future where modified humans go out of control. However, recent advances in genetic engineering, notably a technique called CRISPR , have made the prospect of altering humans genetically a more feasible occurrence. Might it be possible to make humans disease resistant by altering faulty genes? And how about making humans who are naturally superior in terms of resisting diseases? Can we make everyone disease resistant, or will this just be for the rich? Would it be possible to make a human like Fionn Mac Cumhaill or Spiderman?

Luke O’Neill is professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin in 2018 he published ‘Humanology: A Scientist’s Guide to our Amazing Existence’. His research investigates inflammation, and he has worked on the innate immune system, which lies at the heart of inflammation.  He has made pioneering discoveries in the area of  immunity and immune-metabolism. He is using his findings to help in the effort to develop novel anti-inflammatory medicines. Luke will give a talk in Waterford City Hall Waterford at 5pm on Friday 21st June.

Waterford City & County Council, The Mall, Waterford.

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