CANCELED: ByDesign 2020 – Human Nature
$13 General Admission
** Post-screening conversation with Semih Tareen, Senior Director of Gene Therapy, Head of Viral Vectors at Sana Biotechnology (and award winning composer!) for ByDesign on March 21! **
A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.
Description and all images on this page courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment.
Cast: Jennifer Doudna, George Church, Alta Charo
About Semih Tareen
Dr. Semih Tareen uses viruses to re-engineer cells to cure diseases, and he has been a part of the recent biotech boom for gene and cell therapy. Dr. Tareen received his PhD from the University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology Program where he studied how HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and related viruses have evolved together with their hosts over millions of years. In addition to HIV, Dr. Tareen has worked with other viruses such as measles, flu, hepatitis C, and adeno-associated virus. For the past ten years, he has been in biotech using viruses to re-engineer cells to cure cancer and other diseases. At Immune Design, Dr. Tareen engineered a novel virus that combined HIV and a mosquito virus in order to reprogram skin-resident immune cells against cancer. At Juno Therapeutics, he designed viral vectors to engineer immune cells to fight leukemia and lymphoma. At Sana Biotechnology, Dr. Tareen is part of a gene therapy team that uses viruses to target a broad range of cells in order to cure a broad range of diseases.