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Editing the Human Genome: The Ethics of Moulding Our Future
Wolf Performance Hall – Central Library, 251 Dundas St., London ON.
The groundbreaking discovery of the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR allows scientists to precisely, efficiently, and cheaply modify the human genome. This may provide us with the power to cure disease and to unlock the secrets of early human development. It might, in the future, allow us to modify humans in directions that we now only dream of, to make us smarter, stronger and better than healthy—giving us the power to control the direction of evolution. But who will benefit from this new power? Who will be left behind? How the human genome is modified affects all of humanity, present and future generations. How ought we to regulate this power? Who ought to regulate it? These and other questions will be the focus of a panel discussion with bioethicist Julian Savulescu, and leading experts in the field of genomics.
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