We now have the ability to edit human genes. In fact, scientists have just successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos. Yet these technologies raise “moral and ethical considerations in purposefully altering human evolution.”
Josephine Johnston, Director of Research at The Hastings Center looks at widely held ethical concerns about how or whether these emerging biotechnologies should be employed.
Venue: Royal Society Te Apārangi, Aronui Lecture Theatre, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington
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You might also be interested in this related event: Editing our genes: promises and pitfalls.
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- Teaching ethics – article
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- Ethical thinking in science – recorded PLD webinar
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