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January 20, 2017
Stanford Faculty Club

CRISPR-Cas9 & the Future of Bioethics

How will CRISPR-based biomedical research affect human life, especially at its earliest stages? How will it affirm--or undermine--the dignity of the human person? What other ethical dilemmas should we consider?

Time & Location

January 20, 2017
Stanford Faculty Club
439 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Description

The recent development of CRISPR/Cas9 constitutes a dramatic advance in our ability to edit the human genome. Dubbed “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2015 by Science, this powerful new technology allows for targeted genetic modifications of human gametes and embryos, and is faster, cheaper, and more accurate than previous gene editing tools. Though CRISPR's therapeutic potential is vast, its potency raises profound ethical questions. How will CRISPR-based biomedical research affect human life, especially at its earliest stages? How will it affirm--or undermine--the dignity of the person? What other ethical dilemmas should be considered? Dr. Hurlbut explored these questions and more.

Speaker

WILLIAM B. HURLBUT

WILLIAM B. HURLBUT

Consulting Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Boundaries of Humanity Program Director, Stanford University

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