Course : Closing Plenary Session: Hot Topics in Genetics: CRISPR, Synthetic Genomics and Zika Virus

Held during the 2017 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  Click “Launch” for more information.



Human genetics is a rapidly developing field with many technological advances. Most recently this has included gene editing and synthetic genomes. In this session, we will discuss current hot topics in Medical genetic. Dr. David Scott from Dr. Feng Zhang’s laboratory will discuss the CRISPR/Case 9 gene editing system and how it can be used for therapeutics in genetic disorders. Dr. Aravinda Chakravarti will discuss the Genome Project Write and Human Genome Project Write. This discussion will include the technologies that make this possible as well as an introduction to the ethical dilemmas. Dr. Sonja Rasmussen from the CDC will provide an update on the Zika Virus and its role as a teratogen.


All healthcare professionals interested in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of genetic conditions and increasing their understanding of the genetic basis of common, chronic health problems affecting both children and adults will find the programming applicable to their practice. These select sessions from the ACMG Annual Meeting are targeted for the following professionals:
• Medical and clinical geneticists
• Physicians of all specialties with an interest in genetics, genomics and the genetic basis of disease
• Genetic counselors
• Laboratory geneticists, directors, technicians and technologists
• Researchers
• Pathologists
• Educators
• Nurses
• Dietitians
• Physician assistants
• Biotechnology and pharmaceutical development professionals
• Fellows, Trainees and Students
• Public health professionals
• Genetic/consumer advocates
• Others with an interest in the science and art of medical genetics and genomics

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Registration and Fees

Course only – No educational credits
ACMG Members and ACMG Trainees: ($20)
Non-members ($30)


At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of genome manipulation with CRISPR systems
2. Describe the science, perspectives and questions of synthetic biology
3. Describe the components of the congenital Zika syndrome
4. Explain how synthetic genomes can help answer questions in human disease biology

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