PUBLIC TALK: To Cre or not to Cre? > A SymbioticA Friday Seminar
|To Cre or not to Cre? > A SymbioticA Friday Seminar : Speaker: Dr Rob James
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
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