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Human Genome Project lecture on 4-23-02


UCR lecture to address ethical challenges of the Human Genome Project

(April 17, 2002)

The lecture 'Ethical Challenges of the Human Genome Project,' the first lecture in the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series in Genomics, will be given by Professor Ronald M. Green at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2002, in Life Sciences 1500.

The lecture series aims to serve as a forum for discussion of timely and intellectually stimulating issues in biotechnology with leading scientists and scholars. As part of the series, a lecture will be presented quarterly during the academic year by the UCR Genomics Institute.

The U.S. Human Genome Project (a genome is all the DNA in an organism, including its genes) is a 13-year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health to identify all the approximate 30,000 genes in human DNA. It also seeks to address the ethical, legal, and social issues that may arise from the project.

The ethical considerations related to the Genome Project (e.g., What is the moral status of the organisms created by cloning? Is it right to seek human eggs for scientific research? What are the ethical issues relating to the person whose cells are being cloned?) are growing in importance and receiving enormous attention from scientists, policy-makers and the public at large. Green's lecture will address some of these issues.

A member of Dartmouth College's Religion Department since 1969, Green also directs Dartmouth's Ethics Institute, a consortium of faculty concerned with teaching and research in applied and professional ethics. He currently heads the Ethics Advisory Board of Advanced Cell technology, a company involved in therapeutic cloning research. His research interests include genetic ethics, biomedical ethics, and issues of justice in health care allocation. He is the author of six books and over ninety articles in theoretical and applied ethics.

At noon on April 24, Green will present a seminar entitled 'Therapeutic Cloning: An Ethical Analysis' in Humanities Room 1500. Both the lecture and the seminar are free of charge.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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