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PUBLIC TALK: To Cre or not to Cre? > A SymbioticA Friday Seminar

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To Cre or not to Cre? > A SymbioticA Friday Seminar Date: 15th April; Speaker: Dr Rob James; Time & Location: 3:30 - 5:00pm @ SymbioticA

Molecular solutions to ethical obstacles precluding human enhancement through genetic engineering.

Emerging biotechnologies promise to turn the idea of eradicating genetic disorders into a reality, but ethical issues related to consent and eugenics appear to preclude the option of human enhancement through embryonic genome engineering. However, by combining existing technologies, such as IVF, microRNA, artificial chromosomes, and the Cre/LoxP recombination system, a strategy for enhancing the genome of your child without taking away their right to consent, and without altering the genetic make-up of future generations, is conceived.

Will mankind be allowed a moment to ponder the question: to Cre or not to Cre, or does the absence of an ethical safety net mean that the emergence of genetically enhanced humans is already an inevitability?

Rob obtained his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from University College London in 2007 and has since held positions at the Wellcome Trust and Royal College of Art in London. Rob has been working as a teacher, researcher and wildlife conservationist in Latin America and Australia for the last two years, before joining SymbioticA as a visiting researcher in March 2011.

More info and future seminars: https://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/activities/seminars
Speaker(s) Dr Rob James
Location SymbioticA Room 228, Level 2 , School of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA
Contact Rachael Glasgow <[email protected]> : 6488 5583
URL https://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/activities/seminars
Start Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:30
End Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:00
Submitted by Rachael Glasgow <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:43
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