Port Hadlock lecture’s focus on Wednesday is altering human genetics

Rod Mitchell

Rod Mitchell

PORT HADLOCK — The first of two free lectures on gene science is set for Wednesday. 

Rod Mitchell will speak at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock. Seating is limited, so attendees are urged to arrive early.

In this first presentation, Mitchell will discuss CRISPR — Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats —which could make it possible for enormous control and altering of the genetic makeup of organisms, including human embryos.

CRISPR allows humans to change or alter genes with great precision and ease in both human and other species.

Attendees can participate in a discussion of its potential uses and ethical implications surrounding its use.

On Nov. 9, Mitchell will discuss gene drive alterations: adding, disrupting, or modifying genes, including some that reduce reproductive capacity and might cause a population crash.

Mitchell earned his doctorate at Oregon State University and taught secondary and college level classes for 42 years.

He is an emeritus board member of Port Townsend Educational Foundation and was a Fulbright Scholar to Iran, where he developed a national biology lab, and to Sri Lanka, where he initiated a forestry research program.

For more information about this program, visit www.jclibrary.info or call 360-385-6544.

More in Life

ISSUES OF FAITH: Find a way to come together in love

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died… Continue reading

Alan Peterson will present “Song of the Poet” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 

Peterson will be the guest speaker, via Zoom, at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Ave. Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. 

Attendees must make a reservation by 5 p.m. Saturday by calling 360-457-3981.

The service will also stream live at www. facebook.com/unityof portangeles.

For more information, call 360-457-3981 or visit www.unityintheolympics.org.
Unity speaker scheduled for Sunday

Alan Peterson will present “Song of the Poet” at… Continue reading

Shred event to benefit Back to School Fair

Lutheran Community Services and the Port Angeles School District… Continue reading

Local churches to stream services online

List includes Port Angeles, Sequim, Gardiner, Port Townsend and Chimacum

A great client, Karen, has planted numerous types of brassica this last week. Due to her active pet Corgies— who root out any new scent, such as various slug baits, as food — copper mesh has been installed around the border to deter slugs who feast on brassica. (Andrew May/For Peninsula Daily News)
A GROWING CONCERN: Brassica a winning play for gardeners

THE NATIONAL COLLEGE basketball championship game went down to the final shot,… Continue reading

Aging Mastery discussions offered

The North Olympic Library System invites seniors to take… Continue reading

Grief support group offered online weekly

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County is offering a grief… Continue reading

Self-guided walks start at Port Angeles garden

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Clallam County Master… Continue reading

Clallam, Jefferson county volunteers honored for service

AmeriCorps Seniors Clallam/Jefferson Retired & Senior Volunteer Program honored dozens… Continue reading

Clallam Conservation District to host webinars on pasture, hayland

The Clallam Conservation District will host two webinars for… Continue reading

Peninsula College Foundation extends deadline for scholarship applications

The Peninsula College Foundation has extended its application deadline… Continue reading