Sheila Jasanoff, Ph.D.Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Presidential Lectures are free public colloquia centered on four main themes: Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Neuroscience and Autism Science. These curated, high-level scientific talks feature leading scientists and mathematicians and are intended to foster discourse and drive discovery among the broader NYC-area research community. We invite those interested in the topic to join us for this weekly lecture series.
Our growing ability to read and manipulate the human genome has brought a dream of human perfection. Genome editing offers the tools to correct what many see as nature’s mistakes so that no one need suffer from drawing a poor hand in the lottery of life. In this talk, Sheila Jasanoff will discuss how this view ignores the social foundations of what makes lives worth living and wrongly reduces the value of life to the material properties of the genetic code.
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On-site registration will not be permitted. Walk-in entry will be denied.