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Dr. Larry Gilbertson

Ph.D, Genomics Strategy Lead, Monsanto Company

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I am the Genomics Strategy Lead in the Research and Development IT group at Monsanto. I got my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon. I joined Monsanto’s Biotechnology organization in 1995, and have led teams in a wide range of scientific endeavors, including gene expression and silencing, plant transformation, vector technology, protein optimization, and synthetic biology. I love science and technology, and enjoy talking about it with anyone, anywhere.

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Q: So whats a genetic engineer always do?did they just sit inside the lab all day doing research everyday?

Answered By Dr. Larry Gilbertson - Aug 31, 2017

A: I’m a genetic engineer. I’ve spent 30 years participating as a member of teams of genetic engineers, and I love your question. Most of us do indeed spend a lot of time inside the lab, but we’re not always sitting. Sometimes we dance!   Genetic engineering starts with an idea for a way to solve a problem, so I guess it starts with an understanding of the problems. In agriculture, for example, that means spending time to understand what’s happening on farms and what challenges farmers need solved.   Once we’ve identified the problems, we brainstorm so [...]

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Q: can humans be genetically modified? how?

Answered By Dr. Larry Gilbertson - May 11, 2018

A: I’m a Monsanto scientist who has more than 20 years of experience with genetic modification of plants. I will try to answer your question, even though I don’t ever do experiments on animals, certainly not on humans, of course! Can humans be genetically modified…but a much bigger question is should humans be genetically modified? There are two ways to think about genetic modification of humans (or any animal). One way is modification of somatic cells, and the other is the modification of germline cells. Your question is probably related to germline modifications, but first [...]

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