Northwestern University

Thu 12:00 PM

Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology Research & Biosecurity and the Lessons of History -Laurie Zoloth

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When: Thursday, February 14, 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

Contact: Bryan Morrison   1.312.503.1927

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Academic

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Laurie Zoloth, PhD
Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and of Religion
Director of Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society

The Second Draft: Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology Research and Biosecurity and the Lessons of History

Last month, we considered a Breaking News in Bioethics Event—the consideration of rDNA research to alter a pathogenic virus to make it more transmissible. And we reflected on how science policy ought best be made. This lecture will carefully reflect on another case, in which the best researchers of their time, Nobel Laureates Victor Grignard, (France)and Fritz Haber (Germany) each became convinced to use their science to transform warfare. Haber in particular, who was credited for the discovery of the Haber-Bosch process to create synthetic nitrogen thus saving the lives of millions who used it for agriculture, struggled with the limits of patriotism, science and the state’s public health interests in saving lives.

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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.

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