Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome

 

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Join scientists in a discussion on the many questions surrounding the possibility of editing the human genome. Should it be regulated? Should it be banned? Who should make these decisions?

As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. 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? How can we maximize benefits from these scientific advances while minimizing the harm that might come from them?

Participants must be age 16 or older to attend this discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. NYSCI entry is free with event registration.

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