Coral Scientist Dr. Phillip Cleves Speaks to Branson Biology Students

On February 26, 2021, Dr. Phillip Cleves from the Carnegie Science Institute joined Branson biology students to talk about his work in genetic engineering and corals. He presented to students about his research at the intersection of genetic engineering, coral conservation, and climate change, and answered student questions at the end.

Dr. Cleves was one of the first scientists to use CRISPR, the gene editing tool that won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year, to edit the genomes of coral. His important work focuses on developing new genetic methods to study corals and their response to climate change and editing coral genomes to better withstand coral bleaching.

Watch their full conversation (note: a small portion of the beginning was cut off in the video recording).