Gene Editing and the Transformation of Human Life: Perspectives from Jewish Ethics

The Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture, November 21, 2019

Revolutionary technology known as CRISPR has enabled scientists to change human genes, holding great medical promise. But it also raises significant ethical questions. Should there be restrictions on the development of this technology? How can we avoid abuse? Should we be able to design human beings and control evolution? Join us to explore these vital issues from the perspective of Jewish ethics.

Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University; co-author of A Crack in Creation

Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, and Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

Laurie Zoloth, PhD, Margaret E. Burton Professor of Religion and Ethics in the Divinity School, and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Programs on Social Ethics, University of Chicago

Cosponsored by the Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice at JTS, Arizona State University, and Dr. Georgette Bennett in memory of Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum