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U.S. Debates: Prohibit
Genetically Engineered Babies

Wednesday, February 13, 2013  |  6:45pm


Topic: Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies

Sheldon Krimsky, Professor, Tufts University and Chair, Center for Responsible Genetics
Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor, Fertility Studies, Imperial College

Lee Silver, Professor, Princeton University and Author
Nita Farahany, Professor, Law and Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University

Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring's height, eye color and intelligence. The science may be closer than you think. Genes interact in ways that we don't fully understand, and there could be unintended consequences, new diseases that result from our tinkering. But even if the science could be perfected, is it morally wrong? Would it lead to eugenics and a stratefied society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity?

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