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RMSC to present open, community forum about editing the human genome on Friday, July 20

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) will present Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome, a moderated discussion followed by in-depth, small-group conversations from 6–8pm on Friday, July 20, 2018.

    As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. What should we do with this power? Who should decide? Participants in this community discussion with researchers, physicians, and neighbors will have the opportunity to discuss the future of human genome editing as well as its risks, rewards, and benefits; consider scientific, social and ethical possibilities such as the connections and distinctions between therapies and enhancements, issues of equity and access, and the potential impacts of making changes to the human genome; and explore and understand the diverse perspectives that help scientists make better decisions in their research.

    Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome includes:

    • a short moderated discussion between researchers about the basics of gene editing;
    • a breakout session featuring small-group discussions around three different scenarios;
    • an opportunity to reconnect with the larger group to share thoughts from each group’s discussions; and
    • additional opportunities to hear from other participants over light refreshments.

    Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome is free and open to the public however pre-registration is required at or 585.697.1942. Doors open at 5:45pm.

    Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome was made possible by a grant from the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network and additional support from the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Materials used in the program are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in the forum do not necessarily reflect the views of RMSC or these supporting organizations.


    RMSC will present SustainABLE and Building with Biology Days between 11am–3pm on Wednesday July 18–Friday, July 20. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, visitors can discover opportunities to build a better world through biologically engineered product innovations and responsible sustainable solutions to some of the major global challenges humanity faces today. Attendees can also explore green features throughout RMSC’s outdoor campus.

    For additional information, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,, or visit

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.