Kavli Prize Laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier discusses the discovery that genome engineering could be accomplished by harnessing the bacterial CRISPR-Cas9 immune defense system, one of the most-important scientific breakthroughs of our time. Like a high-precision, programmable pair of molecular scissors, this incredible tool can be used to edit any genetic sequence—deleting, exchanging, and inserting. It has ushered in a new era in which genomic manipulation is no longer a bottleneck to discovery, transforming plant and animal biology, biotechnology, and human therapeutics.

The conversation is moderated by Frank Sesno, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs Director and Emmy winning journalist.

Co-hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science with The Kavli Foundation, the Royal Embassy of Norway, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and LettersThe Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (United States), and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.