November 27, 2007

Inamori Center to host forum on ethics of eugenics

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As James Watson, a 1962 Nobel laureate, once said, "If we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn’t we do it?" The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, will explore that question and many others during "Eugenics 2007: Is the Customer Always Right?," a discussion of the ethical issues arising from genetic manipulation.

The forum is open to all faculty, staff and students and takes place from 5-6 p.m., December 5 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Panelists include Case Western Reserve faculty members Eric Juengst, bioethics; Max Mehlman, law; and Georgia Wiesner, genetics and medicine. Gregory L. Eastwood, director of the Inamori Center, will moderate.

Against the background of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage exhibit "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," the eugenics discussion will delve into options available as a result of the ability to identify and manipulate specific genes before or anytime after birth. Attendees are encouraged to visit The Scourge of Nazi Medicine: the Pernkopf Anatomy Atlas and Eugenics in the Museum Context at the Dittrick Medical History Center on the second floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library before or after the panel presentation.

"Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," is on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and on display at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage through January 20, 2008, along with a locally created companion, "Where Would You Draw The Line?"

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216-368-4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 27, 2007 09:44 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Ethics, Events, Provost Initiatives, School of Law, School of Medicine

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