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The Gene Gap: Who would you trust to edit the human race?

Guardian Live

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Standard ticket   more info 28 Jan 2020 £15.00 £1.28
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What does it mean to be human? Join chair Alok Jha; and a panel of experts including molecular geneticist at University College London Dr Helen O'Neill; and Dr Pete Mills, assistant director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; as they explore the scientific, philosophical and ethical impacts that gene editing technology could have on human identity. Following a year-long Guardian multimedia project, our panel will reflect on the big questions raised around what it means to be human.

The ability to rewrite the genetic code is one of the most striking scientific advances of recent years. Using editing technology such as Crispr-Cas9, scientists have the potential to correct a myriad of genetic disorders and help reduce infection by transmissible diseases like malaria. 

Though potentially revolutionary, these developments are not without controversy, raising fundamental questions around the ethics of intervention, the connection between science and society, and, at its very core, who we are. Whose vision of the future are we trying to create? Do we trust scientists with the future of gene editing? Given the expense of the technology, will it drive inequality in a world where only the lives of those who can afford it could be improved? If we edit our genes, what’s left? Our panel will address these questions, and more.


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Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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Coal Drops Yard
N1C 4DQ London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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