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February 23, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Please join the BioLaw and Health Policy Society and the Center for Law and the Biosciences on Thursday, February 23, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, room 95 of the Stanford Law School classroom building for a lunch talk with Marcy Darnovsky, the executive director of the non-profit Center for Genetics and Society. Lunch will be provided.
Powerful new “gene editing” techniques have put the prospect of genetically modified human beings on the foreseeable horizon. Should we use these tools to improve the human species? Are they needed to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases? Would manipulating the genes of future children and generations open the door to new kinds of discrimination, inequality, and eugenics? Some forty countries, including most Europe nations, have adopted laws prohibiting human heritable genetic modification, but the United States has not. Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, unpacks the controversies that have erupted in recent months about how we should — and should not — use gene editing tools, and explores the technical, social, and ethical stakes of these imminent decisions.
See Marcy Darnovsky quoted in this February 14 New York Times article!
Please remember to RSVP for lunch so we can order the appropriate amount of food.