Germ-line intervention offers the possibility of eliminating the inheritance of some genetically based diseases, but also makes it possible to contemplate enhancing human characteristics such as height or intelligence. The forum, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is designed to explore these applications in humans prior to scientific breakthroughs, such as the recent discovery of the possibility of cloning human beings.
Because applying germ-line intervention to humans will affect the genetic inheritance of future generations, it raises more profound ethical and religious issues than human cloning.
The forum will include a scientific and clinical overview of germ-line gene therapy, a discussion of therapeutic v. enhancement applications, a presentation on the history and status of religious involvement in germ-line issues, and panel discussions on both scientific freedom and responsibility issues and ethical and religious issues related to germ-line interventions.
WHAT: AAAS Forum on Human Germ-Line InterventionsSeating is reserved. Reporters must RSVP to Dave Amber at 202-326-6434, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The general public must RSVP to Bob Bobala by September 19 at 202-326-6733, or send an email to email@example.com.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 25, 9 a.m. - noon
WHERE: American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave., NW, Washington
(Metro: Red, Orange/Blue line to MetroCenter)
Contact: Ellen Cooper
American Association for the Advancement of Science