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CRISPR'd Babies: The End of Sex?

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Thu, September 26, 2019
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Marin Yacht Club
24 Summit Ave, San Rafael CA 94901
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Tickets are $35 per person

Join us on September 26, 2019 for an evening with Stanford Law School Professor Hank Greely, who will discuss the future of human reproduction in a world in which gene editing is on the horizon.  Please note that this event will be in a new venue: The Marin Yacht Club in San Rafael! Appetizers, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served; a cash bar will also be available. 

As we move closer to gene-edited babies, what happens when people give up sex for conception and rely exclusively on fertility clinics? It won’t be long before parents are able to make 100 embryos from male sperm and female skin cells (no more costly, unpleasant, and risky than egg harvest), and use those results to select which embryos to transfer for possible implantation, pregnancy, and birth.

In addition to taking the “most preferred” results of embryos, there’s also the potential of CRISPR’ing the chosen embryo to create even greater genetic “advantages.” Economic, social, political, and legal factors make some of these seemingly unlikely results highly likely in the United States; but what are the ethical and societal ramifications of this research and are we looking at it closely enough in our desire for the perfect baby?

Join fellow alumni and friends to hear Professor Greely argue his case and debate the future of our human race.

Doors open and appetizers served at 6:30 PM

Lecture begins at 7:00 PM

Hank Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University.  He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, particularly from genetics, neuroscience, and human stem cell research.

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