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Should We Genetically Engineer Our Grandchildren?

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Join the IQ community for our next Brews & Views conversation.

Photo of baby playing with blocksMost of us carry several dozen harmful genetic variants, which aect our health or may be masked by other variants we have, but which could result in more serious disease in some of our ospring. Until recently there was little any of us could do about this, other than becoming informed and perhaps modify our lifestyles. However, the recent revolution in genetic engineering through CRISPR/Cas brings into view the prospect of changing these alleles permanently. Do we have an obligation to remove these alleles from the gene pool of humanity?


Leonard Fleck, PhD
Professor, Center for Ethics and Department of Philosophy

Stephen Hsu, PhD
Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies


Mark Reimers, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Graphic of brain and DNAThese monthly Friday afternoon casual discussions will engage researchers and scholars—from graduate students and post-docs to faculty—in considering the implications of innovative biomedical research for patients, people and populations. We invite you to join us to discuss the implications of biomedical innovations, learn about the forefront of scientific investigation, and contribute to the edge of science. Ages 21+, please bring valid ID. The series is presented by the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.




January 26
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


IQ Atrium
775 Woodlot Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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