Genetic engineering expert set to speak at UHH


The University of Hawaii at Hilo Chapter of the Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi, will host a talk by Luis Herrera-Estrella, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. Thursday at UH-Hilo’s Wentworth Hall in Room 1.

Herrera-Estrella’s talk is titled “Impact of biotechnology on current life: Release of transgenic crops in a center of genetic diversity.”

Herrera-Estrella is an internationally recognized authority on the physiology and metabolic engineering of plants. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research scholar 1991-2011, and was elected as a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, as well as a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, as well as numerous other awards.

He currently serves as director of the National Laboratory for Genomics of Biodiversity and professor in the Department of Plant Genetic Engineering, Center for Research and Advanced Studies, National Polytechnic Institute, Irapuato, Mexico.

“His lecture topic will be of immediate interest to scientists, educators, public health professionals, students and the general public ... interested in all aspects of genetically modified plants, including ... the release of transgenic crops in the environment,” said spokeswoman Pamela Scheffler.

There is no fee to attend. The public is invited.

 

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