Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Drawing the Line

April 26, 2018 at 7:00pm / 26-100

A Conversation on the Ethics of Gene Editing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

As gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9, become more advanced and affordable, their ability to have profoundly positive effects on humankind seems apparent. Solutions to the ethical considerations, such as equity of access and societal values related to genetic diversity, are far less apparent and demand thoughtful consideration. Because further development of genomic technologies directly depends on the boundaries of their applications, timely answers to these ethical questions are essential. Accordingly, the Veritas Forum at MIT is pleased to host Stanford neurobiologist William Hurlbut and MIT genetic biologist Rudolf Jaenisch to dialogue about these issues. The discussion will be moderated by MIT professor of engineering Cullen Buie. The event will be hosted at MIT in room 26-100 on Thursday, April 26th at 7PM. Refreshments will follow.

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William Hurlbut

Physician and Consulting Professor, Neuroscience Institute

Stanford University

Rudolf Jaenisch

Professor of Biology and Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cullen Buie

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology