From student to visionary

Last month, Dr. Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spoke to a group of students at the D.G. Ivey Library at New College. The event, organized by the Neuroscience Association for Undergraduate Students (NAUS) and Dr. Bill Ju of the Human Biology Department, drew a large crowd of aspiring neuroscientists and curious students alike. The talk, titled “The Inspirations behind CRISPR,” focused on Zhang’s journey from student to groundbreaking researcher. Zhang is best known for his instrumental role in the development of CRISPR-Cas9, or the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats-associated protein-9 nuclease. For the unaware, the CRISPR-Cas9 is a molecular genetics technology that gives researchers the ability to cut entire sequences from the DNA of…

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