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Bourns Lecture to examine ethics in biotechnology

23 Nov 2008

CHEPA member Lisa Schwartz will be part of a panel discussion following the annual Bourns Lecture in Bioethics on Wednesday evening at The Hamilton Spectator auditorium.

This year’s lecture is by Lee Silver, a professor at Princeton University, who will offer a provocative look at the collision of science, religion, pseudoscience, and politics in the realm of biotechnology.

Silver’s talk is entitled Challenging Nature: genetic engineering, cloning and the future of the human species, and is part of the Science In The City series of lectures organized by McMaster University.

Silver will examine the diverse scientific and religious conceptualizations of life in general and human life in particular.

Silver is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

The panel discussion following the lecture will include Schwartz, who holds the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, and Laurie Doering, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. The panel will be moderated by Allison Sekuler, associate vice-president and dean of graduate studies at McMaster.

The lecture is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.
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