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Human Genome Editing: Implications for Medicine and Society

Friday, September 15, 2017,

  • Location: Light Hall 407A-C

This month MELP, co-sponsored by Medicine and Business Society, is hosting a discussion on the topic of human genome editing, spurred by the provocative July paper "Correction of a pathogenic genetic mutation in human embryos” published in Nature. We welcome Bruce Jennings, MA, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and the Department of Health Policy, to lead us in discussion. Mr. Jennings has written extensively on this topic, addressing societal impacts of somatic gene editing in "Driving (Genes) without (Moral) Brakes" as well as "Being at Two with Nature and Mosquitoes" and "Unnatural Selection." The concept of clinical human somatic genome editing, while seemingly far-fetched, has wide-reaching implications for medicine and society as well as strong relevance to our perspective as medical students and citizens. Join us for a fascinating and introductory discussion on the concept of this biotechnology and its ethical, social, ecological, and political implications. Lunch will be provided.