PROFESSOR LORD ROBERT WINSTON

Modifying Humans: where does genetics stop?

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  • Date:
    Wednesday 21 Jun 2017
  • Time:
    7:30 PM

 

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine or is there a darker side that we ignore? IVF treatments now mean we can help 65 year-olds to conceive, store eggs in deep freeze for several hundred years, and screen embryos for serious genetic disorders.
Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step - manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge mean that there are some major surprises in store?

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History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine or is there a darker side that we ignore? IVF treatments now mean we can help 65 year-olds to conceive, store eggs in deep freeze for several hundred years, and screen embryos for serious genetic disorders.

Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step - manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge mean that there are some major surprises in store?

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