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'After the Genome' tackles tough questions about medicine, miracles and morality
Date:3/20/2013

A few years ago, the idea of 3-D printing a major body organ like a kidney was unthinkable, but now scientists eye North Carolina as a national hub for human organs partly due to regenerative medicine research at Wake Forest University. Medical advances in biotechnology seem to be coming faster than the public can understand them all or even discuss how society should handle ethical, legal and moral considerations.

To spark the national conversation Wake Forest University has partnered with Baylor University for "After the Genome: The Language of our Biotechnological Future" April 12-13 at Wake Forest's Benson University Center. Fourteen scholars from across North America with expertise in medicine, science, religion and communication will present, including:

  • Baylor University President Ken Starr;
  • Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Dr. Anthony Atala;
  • Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth Ronald M. Green;
  • Ezra E.H. Griffith, Professor of Psychiatry and African-American Studies, Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist at Yale School of Medicine

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the vital topic of how language is shaping medical ethics, religion and competing visions of our biotechnological future. A complete schedule of speakers is available here.

"There is a rising awareness that the way we talk about science, biotechnology and medical miracles is not neutral, but suggests agendas," Michael Hyde, Wake Forest University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics and conference organizer said. "And this national conversation will help shape public expectations regarding medical science. How far can we stretch science to give us longer or better lives through medical miracles? And if we use the word miracle, should we consider the religious implication
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Contact: Stephanie Skordas
skordas@wfu.edu
336-758-3826
Wake Forest University
Source:Eurekalert

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