Institute on Religion in an Age of Science – The CRISPR Apple on the Tree of Knowledge: Bioengineering, Gene Editing, and the Human Future

June 22, 2019 to June 29, 2019

The CRISPR Apple on the Tree of Knowledge: Bioengineering, Gene Editing, and the Human Future

Scientists, theologians, religious scholars and ethicists will offer illuminating and thought-provoking perspectives on the issues surrounding the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR1. We will explore ethical issues such as therapy versus enhancement; species elimination versus global epidemic; germline intervention; and the long-term effects of bioengineering and genome editing.

Program Fee

$225 for IRAS or members of partner & sponsor organizations, $325 for non-members, and $125 for youth up

to 18 years old. Family cap on program fee for IRAS members: $700; for non-members $900.  Many scholarship and fellowship opportunities are available.

Visit the IRAS Scholarship Page for more information

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

IRAS Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+    $1,006 $1,368 $1,239 $1,817




Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

IRAS Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $466 $666

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, June 22

2:25 pm Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth

Saturday, June 29

8:20 am Thomas Laighton Depart Star


Contact Marian Griswold

Returning to Star? Check out our Community Building Program!

We want our conferences to continue to grow, so we’re asking our Star Island family members to bring someone with you to Star this year. Here’s how it works:

1) Find that person (or more than one person) that you feel would be able to best contribute to the community on Star Island.Consider people in your extended family, congregation members, co-workers or other personal networks!

2) Nominate that person by filling out this form.

3) Star will cover 30% of the room and board for your new Shoaler, provided they attend the full duration of the conference!

4) We’ll also kick in $50 toward your room and board, provided you attend the full duration of the conference! (if you bring 4 or more new people, we’ll give you $125!)