Thursday, January 31, 2013
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Searle Seminar Rm, 1st Floor, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Laurie Zoloth, PhD
Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and of Religion
Director of Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society
The First Draft: Bioethics in Real Time I
The Federal Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (the RAC ) was set in place in 1973 as a result of science and citizen concern over new alternations of the human genome, and bioethicists have long been a part of the process of approval of all rDNA research, often, as in the case of Jesse Gelsinger, at the center of the process. This month, the RAC will consider the case of enhancing highly pathogenic avian flu—H5N1-- by making it more easily transmissible between humans. What ethical questions should be raised about research that enhances existing organisms in the name of biosecurity? Since Northwestern Bioethics has a seat at the table of discourse, participants will be able to raise questions directly from the seminar room to the hearing room, as bioethics policy is made in real time during this speaker series. Come for a rare chance to raise questions at a point where your questions will be heard.
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The Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lectures run weekly on Thursdays at noon, addressing diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Speakers are MH&B faculty or special guests we've invited to present. All lectures run from noon to 12:45pm in the Searle Seminar Room in the Lurie building. All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a lunch.