13 March 2019 – A seminar for Journal Club organised by the Centre for Research on Agri-Food Science and Technology (CrAFT) was held today at the Conference Room 2, UTB. In attendance were lecturers and students of the University.

The seminar was entitled “Ethical issues on Human Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) Engineering: An Islamic View”, presented by Professor Dr. Beston F. Nore, Director of CrAFT, and Professor from the School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics (SASM).

The seminar mainly focused on CRISPR which was also known as CRISPR-Cas9 (CRISPR Associated protein). It is a technology for editing genomes which allows scientists to make changes to DNA in cells that could cure genetic diseases. The seminar also highlighted on the critical aspects of CRISPR applications; the debate on ethical issues and values; and concerns from Islamic point of view on CRISPR.

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