Panel

Plenary #5: Challenges of Emerging Technologies: Reproductive Cloning and Inheritable Genetic Modification

Friday, 7 May
10:45 - 12:15

Facilitator: Adrienne Asch

This panel will focus on species-altering genetic applications that have not yet been attempted in humans, such as human reproductive cloning and inheritable genetic modification. Why and how do we need to be concerned about this now? What new or unprecedented concerns are raised by these technologies? Are there any potentially acceptable uses of these technologies or do they represent such a threat to humanity that they need to be banned?

What would be the implications of allowing these technologies to move forward? Who is advocating for this (from marginal figures such as the “transhumanists” and “cowboy cloners” to influential researchers and bioethicists)?

Who is opposing the vision of a “posthuman” future, and the unregulated development of these technologies? What is the current state of policy in the US and worldwide on reproductive cloning, inheritable genetic modification, and research cloning?

  SPEAKERS ORGANIZATION TITLE  
 George Annas Boston University School of Public Health  
 Marcy Darnovsky Center for Genetics and Society  
 Rosario Isasi Centre de recherche en droit public, Université de Montréal  

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY PANEL SPEAKERS:

Convention on the Rights of the Child, by United Nations General Assembly, submitted by George Annas
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, by United Nations, submitted by George Annas
* The Politics of Emerging Technologies, by Marcy Darnovsky, submitted by Marcy Darnovsky
* Challenges of Emerging Technologies: Cloning and Inheritable Genetic Modification, by Rosario Isasi, submitted by Rosario Isasi
Protecting the Endangered Human: Toward an International Treaty Prohibiting Cloning and Inheritable Alterations, by Rosario Isasi, George B. Annas, Lori Andrews, submitted by Rosario Isasi

DOCUMENTS FOR THIS PANEL SUBMITTED BY OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

Ban Human Cloning Right Now, by Judy Norsigian and Stuart Newman, submitted by Judy Norsigian
Statement On Human Cloning, by Judy Norsigian et al, submitted by Judy Norsigian
My Clone, Myself, My Daughter, My Sister: Echoes of Le Petit Prince, by Evelyne Shuster, submitted by Evelyne Shuster