Highlights - Kent Redford - Co-author, ”Strange Natures: Conservation in the Era of Synthetic Biology”

Education · The Creative Process

Sep 9 2022 • 13 mins

"Non-germline modification is the place where much of the work is being done. For example, they've already in an experiment were able to return limited sightedness to a person who was basically blind as a result of modifying the genes in the eye. There is a lot of work going on associated with cancers. There is very good evidence that there is a strong connection between the metabolism of the microbes that live in and around the human body and things that we have always thought of as entirely human physiologically. For example, autism. t's really exciting and interesting - still really early stages - there is evidence that autism is a result of a particular kind of interaction between the microbes that live in people who suffer from autism and the physiology of the human body itself. A lot of people who have suffered from illnesses that have never had a solution with great hope that these approaches may help them.”

Kent H. Redford is a conservation practitioner and Principal at Archipelago Consulting established in 2012 and based in Portland, Maine, USA. Archipelago Consulting was designed to help individuals and organizations improve their practice of conservation. Prior to Archipelago Consulting Kent spent 10 years on the faculty of University of Florida and 19 years in conservation NGOs with five years as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Parks in Peril program and 14 years as Vice President for Conservation Science and Strategy at the Wildlife Conservation Society. For six years he was Chair of IUCN’s Task Force on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation. In June 2021 Yale University Press published Kent’s book with W.M. Adams: Strange Natures. Conservation in the Era of Synthetic Biology.