Changing the Genome: For Better or Worse

August 19, 2013
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
WOSU@COSI Studios, 333 W. Broad Street, Columbus

Manipulation of the human genome has the potential to radically change what it means to be human. We can all agree that the potential for gene therapy to fix life-threatening disease is a good thing. But, what about altering our unborn children so that they have characteristics not found in their DNA?  Further, a host of other issues arise, such as:  who owns your genome?  Who should have access to therapies that may not be covered by insurance?  And, do you really want to know what is in your genome? How far down this road should we go and who should decide what is right or wrong?

The moral, ethical, and religious implications of gene therapy will be explored during this year's "Intersection of Science and Faith" program, a partnership of Ohio State, COSI, and WOSU that produces an annual discussion of science, ethics, and religion before a live audience at the WOSU@COSI studios. The program is taped for broadcast on WOSU television. This year's panel brings together Ellen Deason (Moritz College of Law), Donald Hubin (Department of Philosophy), and Britton Rink (College of Medicine and Nationwide Children's Hospital) for a conversation moderated by former WOSU Open Line host Fred Andrle. The event is free but registration is required. The event will be streamed live online on the WOSU website. This year's panel is supported by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit the University Libraries' Intersection of Science and Faith website.

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