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Science Cafe: Human Gene Editing: Moving from Science Fiction to Reality
June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This science cafe is open to the public. Registration is requested. Cash bar and appetizers start at 5:30 p.m., and the interactive discussion begins at 6.
As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. What should we do with this power? Many in the scientific community are calling for strict regulations on the use of this technology, while others are excited about the possibilities. Should we create babies who will never know disease? Should we stick to smaller changes, like lowering the rates of breast cancer by eliminating mutations? Or should we call for society to ban human gene editing? Join the conversation led by Kris Saha (biomedical engineering and medical history & bioethics) and moderated by Dan Murphy (Morgridge Institute). This event is part of a national conversation taking place in more than 30 sites across the country.