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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 Program Associate, Communications, AAAS
I am the senior program associate for the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) and a longtime freelance religion reporter and writer.

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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 2002.  His major research interests are in cell engineering, with central focus on cell-cell communication and intracellular signal transduction, emphasizing... 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 the Natural Sciences. One of Ted Peters' foci has dealt with religious reflection on genetics and evolution. He is author of Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human... Read More →

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