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Thursday, August 27 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
What Does It Mean to be Human? Implications of Genetic Engineering

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Ever since the human genome was mapped at the turn of this century, ethical concerns have followed. Gene-editing techniques using enzymes to essentially cut and paste select genetic sequences (including the unprecedented efficiency of the CRISPR/Cas9 technique) raise new concerns about the unknown consequences of altering a person’s genome, even to treat potentially devastating genetic disorders like Huntington’s Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia and Neurofibromatosis. In this panel, Douglas Lauffenburger, professor, MIT and Ted Peters, professor, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences will introduce the science and grapple with its most pressing implications.

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Christine Scheller

Senior Communications Associate, AAAS|DoSER
Christine directs communications for the AAAS|DoSER program and administers its Science for Religion Reporters project. A veteran journalist, Christine has reported on intersections of religion and public life for a variety of outlets including Urban Faith, Sojourners, Christianity... Read More →

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Douglas Lauffenburger

Professor, MIT
Douglas A. Lauffenburger is Ford Professor of Bioengineering, and co-founder and Head of the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, with affiliate appointment in the Department of Biology; he was a founding co-director of the MIT Computational & Systems Biology Initiative in... Read More →
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Ted Peters

Professor, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
Peters is Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and co-editor with Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and... Read More →

Thursday August 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor