CRISPRed Pigs, Exscientia Fires CEO, & AGBT Roundup; Christian Henry

Episode 9 (February 16, 2024): Using CRISPR-Cas9 technology, British animal genetics firm Genus has generated a population of pigs that are resistant to the deadly porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus. Exscientia has fired its founder, CEO, and principal executive officer Andrew Hopkins, PhD, and removed him from the company’s board, after it concluded that he engaged in “inappropriate” relationships with two employees. Julianna LeMieux, PhD, Deputy Editor in Chief at GEN, provides a recap of her time at AGBT 2024.

Plus, an interview with Christian Henry, president and chief executive officer at PacBio.


Listed below are key references to the GEN stories, media, and other items discussed in this episode of Touching Base:

Sun, Spatial, and Sequencing: A Report from the First Day of AGBT
By Julianna LeMieux, PhD, and Jonathan D. Grinstein, PhD, GEN, February 7, 2024

Exscientia Fires CEO for “Inappropriate” Relationships with Two Employees
GEN, February 13, 2024

CRISPRed Pigs: Precision Porcine Gene Editing Combats PPRS Virus Threat
By Uduak Thomas, GEN, February 14, 2024