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The Past, Present, and Future of DNA


The one-day science symposium will focus on the explosion of knowledge about past and present DNA, and will include discussions about possible directions and applications for future research. The event will include experts in ancient DNA, de-extinction, human origins, population genetics, forensic science, ethics, business, future synthetic life, and the personal genome.

Wyss Core Faculty member George Church will moderate a panel featuring John Hawks, Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; and Spencer Wells, scientist, author, entrepreneur, and former explorer-in-residence and director of the Genographic Project at National Geographic.

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