Professor Rao Yi of Peking University's School of Life Sciences delivered a lecture on molecular biology at the Yuquanlu campus of UCAS on June 9.
As an internationally respected neurobiologist, Prof. Rao has also served as a doctoral supervisor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Rao offered the students a brief review of the research of the most significant biologists and his views about science and life.
During the Q&A session, he answered student questions about gene editing, the progress towards precision medical treatment, the development trends of neurobiology, the safety issue of GMOs, and whether ethical issues are barriers for scientific progress. He also briefed the students about how to identify the fields in which they are really interested, how to develop innovative ideas and how the atmosphere for study and research differs between China and other countries.
The lively discussion between Professor Rao and the students lasted until 5:30 p.m., 30 minutes beyond the scheduled conclusion.
The lecture series “Essentials of Science and Technology History” is intended to stimulate student interest and thinking about science by inviting renowned professors from CAS, UCAS, and Peking University to present their best research results and scientific findings to students.