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Genetic Perfection | Virtual Futures Salon

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The Hospital Club (The Oak Room)

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Virtual Futures presents a panel discussion on the genetic modification of humans to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of the cult film GATTACA (1997).

Recent scientific advances have sparked new debates on the ways in which genome editing might be used in the future. Scientists are already altering DNA to make crops more resistant to extreme weather conditions and to prevent disease in animals, but the ability to genetically modify humans provokes new concerns.

The 1997 film GATTACA depicts a not-too-distant biopunk future driven by eugenics, where children are genetically manipulated at birth to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits. The result is a society rife with genetic discrimination and where an individual's socio-economic class is defined by their genetic make-up.

Today we are ever-closer to a reality whereby genome editing technology could be used to modify human embryos. Doing so could potentially eradicate certain hereditary diseases, such as cancers or debilitating Huntington’s disease. But even though the aim is to reduce human suffering, we still don't know the long-term impacts of this form of modification. In addition, the possibility that new tools like CRISPR might be used not just to cure, but to enhance qualities like beauty, strength or intelligence draw us closer to the future portrayed in GATTACA and raise new ethical concerns.

Join the policymakers, stakeholders and bioethicists exploring what sorts of systems should govern these technologies as we aim to challenge the fundamental issue of how we are going to view humanity in the future.

Panelists

Dr. Sarah Chan, Chancellors Fellow at Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh (@sarahwchan)

Prof. Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, Salford University (@andymiah)

Güneş Taylor, Postdoctoral Training Fellow in the Lovell-Badge Lab, The Francis Crick Institute, London (@GunesTaylor)

Prof. Aylish Wood, Professor of Film Studies, University of Kent (@aylishwood)

Moderated by:

Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures (@LukeRobertMason)

Installations & Exhibits

Dot One - A company that uses the customer's genetic code to create DNA personalised prints & apparel. It's aim; to make genetics accessible and entertaining as a way to engage a whole new audience with their most personal data. Dot One has API partnerships with 23andMe, and as of this year, Helix.com - making it one of the first 10 companies to be on Helix's 'genetic app store' alongside National Geographic and the Mayo Clinic. Products have featured on ITV, CNBC, BBC and been published in the likes of Wired, Engadget and most recently Nature - showing why it's okay to bring a bit of fun to consumer genetics.

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18:30 – 19:00: Registration & Drinks
19:00 – 20:00: Panel Discussion
20:00 – 20:30: Audience Q&A
20:30 – Late: Drinks & Networking

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Discounts are available for students, early career researchers & journalists.

Contact info@virtualfutures.co.uk for Promo Codes.

Tickets are FREE for Hospital Club Members.

About the Venue

The Hospital Club is a centre for London's creative community housing a television studio, screening room, live performance space, restaurant, lounges and gallery over seven floors. Find out more: http://thehospitalclub.com

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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover the cost of speaker travel, filming and documentation.

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