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Choosing Our Genes: The Ethics of CRISPR-ing The Human Genome
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When: Sunday, November 1, 2020
3:00 - 5:00 ET
Where: Zoom Meeting
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Choosing Our Genes: The Ethics of CRISPR-ing The Human Genome

sponsored by the LGBT Taskforce

Sunday, November 1, 2020

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET

Presented over Zoom

Open to all

 Tickets: $10

We now have reliable tools to alter the genes of living and future persons. When should we use them? U.S. law currently allows for the development of gene editing treatments for people living with disease, but prohibits anything that would result in heritable changes (alternations to the human genome that can be passed from one generation to another). This law is fragile, however. It must be renewed annually and could easily change. When that happens, we will be thrust headlong into the unsettled ethics of where to draw the line between genetic diseases that should be eliminated and genetic differences that should be embraced. This debate, which has links to inhumane state-sponsored eugenics programs but also to medicine’s longstanding goal of relieving suffering, goes to the heart of what it means to be human. At this meeting, we will explore new genome editing technologies, discuss how they might be applied in humans, and consider their ethical and policy implications.




Dr. Josephine Johnston
Director of Research, the Hastings Center

Josephine Johnston is an expert in the ethical, legal, and policy implications of emerging technologies. A New Zealand trained lawyer and bioethicist, Josephine is Director of Research and a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, New York. She is co-editor of  Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing (Oxford University Press, 2019).