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Human Gene Editing: The Ethical Debate in Social Context

Professor John H. Evans

For millennia people have tried to influence what we would now call the genetic qualities of the human species, but technological limitations have long stymied these attempts. In the last few years new technologies have made this possible. But, if it can be done, should it be done? Some say we could rid the species of debilitating disease, and others say this will usher in a dystopian society where inequality is literally written into our bodies. This lecture will describe the current ethical debate about human gene editing in light of similar debates going back to the early twentieth century.

Instructor: John H. Evans is professor of sociology at UC San Diego. He is the author of four books about bioethical debates and the deep implications of scientific knowledge and innovation. He has also published many articles on religion and politics and on science and religion. He received his BA in political science magna cum laude from Macalester College and his PhD from Princeton University.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70119   Credit: 0 units


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08/23/2017 In-class 125160 $0.00  

Day and Time: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla