Molecular biologist Prof Jacob Corn describes how gene editing is carried out with CRISPR-Cas9. He explains why this technology has the potential of revolutionizing the treatment of diseases such as sickle cell anemia and malaria. Besides human health, CRISPR-Cas9 can also contribute to improving agriculture and, consequently, food security. Jacob also discusses the possible ethical challenges posed by the widespread application of gene editing. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.
Stem cell expert Megan Munsie and bioethicist Dominique Martin discuss medical tourism and the hidden transnational trade in transplant organs and stem cells,and consider the ethics, legislative implications and what the future might hold. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.
Prof Snow Barlow, the University of Melbourne, backgrounds the sharp rise in food prices, and looks at how science and technology may provide solutions in feeding an ever growing global population. Also, Prof Rajinder S. Sidhu from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, discusses the impact of elevated food prices on Indian society. With Science host, Dr Shane Huntington.
Assoc Prof Phil Batterham and Prof Derek Russell describe how genetics, proteomics, chemistry and field work join forces in the war against the cotton bollworm - a 5 billion dollar pest that is the scourge of farmers from Australia to Africa.
Guests: Associate Professor Phil Batterham Professor Derek Russell