Ethics and Genetic Editing of Human Embryos

Date/Time: Thu 23 Nov / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: State Library Victoria / Village Roadshow Theatrette


Monash Bioethics Centre and the School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

Public Lecture

Ethics and Genetic Editing of Human Embryos

The Monash Bioethics Centre is delighted to host internationally renowned leader in bioethics, Professor Bonnie Steinbock, to deliver this free public lecture. 

In this lecture, Professor Steinbock will explore the ethical issues related to the prospect of editing the genetics of future generations of humans.

The latest CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology brings us closer to being able to change the genome of an individual or even the whole species. This has enormous promise for the understanding and eventual prevention of devastating genetic diseases, whilst also raising several ethical questions. 

Is it ethical to use a technology with unknown effects in the remote future? Might a technology developed to prevent or cure disease be used for enhancement purposes, and if so, would that be wrong?

This free public lecture is open to alumni, staff, students and the public.

Professor Bonnie Steinbock is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University at Albany/SUNY and adjunct professor of bioethics at Clarkson University. Bonnie is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and specialises in biomedical ethics, with a focus on reproduction and genetics.

Recent Publications
Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Oxford Handbook of Bioethics, edited and with an introduction (Oxford University Press, 2009

Thursday 23rd November

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Village Roadshow Theatrette
State Library of Victoria, Entry 3
328 Swanston Street

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