Altered Inheritance: The Art and Ethics of Designing Babies
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Françoise Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. In this grand round presentation, “Altered Inheritance: The Art and Ethics of Designing Babies”, Dr. Baylis will discuss some of the ideas explored in her book: “Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing”, a finalist for a PROSE 2020 award. We are entering a new era of human evolution with the advent of CRISPR technology, which allows scientists to modify our genes. This technology shows great promise for therapeutic use, but it also raises thorny ethical, legal, political, and societal concerns because it can be used to make permanent changes to future generations. Dr. Baylis is a philosopher whose innovative work in bioethics, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the boundaries of the field. Her work challenges us all to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science and biotechnology. It aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad.
Topic: Dr. Arthur Dodek Lectureship in Medical Ethics and Professionalism