Genetic Engineering: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?

Date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
Salomon 101
Speakers: 
Nigel Cameron and Gregory Stock

In the past 20 years we have seen more rapid development in biomedical engineering and genetics than at any point in human history. From Dolly the sheep to the creation of Synthia, the world's first totally synthetic life form, by the J. Craig Venter Institute in 2010, the ability of humanity to radically alter and generate the very structure of life has opened up new possibilities as exciting as those offered by computer science in the 1960s and 70s or nuclear technology in the 1940s and 50s. Yet just as the atomic bomb and the Internet brought new ethical concerns to the fore, genetic engineering has also given us new moral quandaries. Do the material benefits really outweigh the ethical costs of human genetic engineering?