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February 20, 2017
Scientific and Ethical Considerations

Stanford University Medical School professor Dr. William Hurlbut was the featured speaker at Christian Union New York's Forum on February 7, 2017.

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His talk addressed what MIT Tech Review calls the "biggest biotech discovery of the century," the new gene editing technique CRISPR/Cas9. This breakthrough provides dramatic new powers to manipulate genetics at every level of life—and raises numerous difficult ethical questions when applied to direct interventions in human life.

About the Speaker

hurlburtProf. Hurlbut received his undergraduate and graduate training at Stanford University, and completed post-doctoral studies at both Stanford and Institut Catholique de Paris. He teaches at Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, and bestpainrelievers.net include Social and Ethical Issues in the Neurosciences, and The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, and Machines in the Age of Biotechnology.

Dr. Hurlbut he has also worked with NASA on projects in astrobiology and was a member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Working group at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. From 2002-2009 Dr. Hurlbut served on the President's Council on Bioethics during the George W. Bush administration, and has served as Trustee of the Templeton World Charities Foundation.

He is the author of Altered Nuclear Transfer (2005, Stem Cell Reviews) a proposed technological solution to the moral controversy over embryonic stem cell research; Science, Religion, and the Politics of Stem CellsFraming the Future: Embryonic Stem Cells, Ethics and the Emerging Era of Developmental Biology; among other books and publications.