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Bioethics Seminar | Beyond safety: Ethical issues in gene editing

We now have the ability to edit human genes. In fact, just last month, scientists announced that they had edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation. Significant questions remain, however, about just how safe and effective new gene editing tools are. In addition, a number of moral concerns beyond safety have been raised in response to gene editing, including that humans risk playing God or inappropriately altering nature.

In this talk, I will describe some of these “non-safety” concerns and ask what, if any, place those have in public deliberation and science policy.

Speaker: Josephine Johnston

Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience All University,Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.
CostFree
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120
Contact Emailbioethics@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/bioethics/index.html

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