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Tonight at Whitworth University three experts will lead a symposium on genome editing.

“Editing the Genome: Should We Alter the Future of Humankind?” will be at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre on the Whitworth campus.

Genome editing is one of the major scientific breakthroughs of recent years. Panelists will discuss whether the technology is something that should be feared or embraced, according to an announcement.

On the symposium will be Nigel Campbell, president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies; Meaghan O’Keefe, a bioethicist from the University of California Davis, and Dr. Andrew Scharenberg, from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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