Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs: AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
News & Events: Public LectureEthical Issues Arising from the Study of the Human Genome
7 March 2002
The characterization of the human genome through the mapping and sequencing of human DNA is giving us new insight into our genetic heritage. This new genetic knowledge may also enable us to modify the human genome in order to treat disease or enhance or delete certain human traits. A number of ethical issues raised by our increased understanding of the human genome and the application of new genetic technologies will be addressed. What limits, if any, should we set to our growing genetic knowledge and technology?
- Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
- Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University