Julian Savulescu, Ph.D., a University of Oxford philosopher and bioethicist, will describe ethical issues in gene-editing during “Conversations About Ethics” on Sept. 23-24, 2019.
Medical research always carries risk, and this is even more true for gene editing, which makes heritable changes. It has the potential to eradicate single-gene diseases in the not-too-distant future, but there are potential trade-offs. An enduring fear is that diversity will be lost as the range of acceptable traits narrows. Whether we should use gene editing in humans is a matter of urgent ethical debate. How we should use it, if we do, raises a series of complex issues that will challenge our agreed ethical principles and regulatory frameworks.
Dr. Savulescu will deliver a lecture titled “Ethics of Gene Editing: Now and the Future” from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the UT Health San Antonio Pestana Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to all. A catered reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. Continuing Medical Education credit is available. Register at www.ConversationsAboutEthics.org.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Dr. Savulescu will lead a lunch seminar on “Gene Editing, Psychiatry and Moral Bioenhancement” from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive. Space is limited for the lunch seminar, and registration is required.
For questions or more information, please contact the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at 210-567-0795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.