The Conversation Hour

The Conversation Hour: Jennifer Doudna co-developer of CRISPR/cas9 gene editing, and Pamela Rabe

Dr Gael Jennings is Jon Faine’s co-host.  She is an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism.

Their first guest is Prof Jennifer Doudna, who is Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Jennifer led the discovery of CRISPR/cas9 gene editing (with Emmanuelle Charpentier). You can hear her with Kevin Esvelt on The Science and Ethics of Genome Editing for The Convergence Science Network, supported by the Lorne Genome Conference and Melbourne University’s School of BioSciences. It’s at the Plenary, Jeff’s Shed (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre), tonight (Tuesday 13th Feb, 2018) at 6:00pm.

Then they are joined by actor and director Pamela Rabe, who stars as Hazel in The Children (and plays ‘The Freak’ Joan Ferguson in Wentworth). The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, and directed by Sarah Goodes for the MTC, is on at The Sumner, Southbank Theatre until 10th March, 2018.


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Acclaimed actor Pamela Rabe joined Breakfasters to chat about her latest role in The Testament of Mary. In this performance Rabe plays a mourning and defiant Mary in a re-imagined narrative of the Mother of Christ. Listen back as they discuss varying degrees of religiosity, Rabe’s own experiences with Christianity and more generally, if she likes playing the villain and why. Plus they ask the question: if Mary’s voice could be heard, what is it that she would most want to say?

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