Debate Tonight: Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies

by jeeg 14. February 2013 00:07

Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring’s height, eye color and intelligence.  The science may be closer than you think.  Genes interact in ways that we don’t fully understand and there could be unintended consequences, new diseases that result from our tinkering.  But even if the science could be perfected, is it morally wrong?  Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement?  Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity?

Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

Tune in tonight to the Intelliegence Squared debate featuring for the motion Sheldon Krimsky representing the Council for Responsible Genetics and Lord Robert Winston of Imperial College and against the motion Lee Silver of Princeton University and Nita Farahany of Duke University and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

 Watch it live streaming at 6:45pm Eastern or download the podcast at http://intelligencesquaredus.org/ .  Check your local listings on PBS and NPR for broadcast times.

 

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