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UC Riverside Professor Serves on Board of Advisors for PBS Documentary

“BLOODLINES: Technology Hits Home,” Airs On PBS Friday, July 11th at 10 p.m.

(July 9, 2003)

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Carl Cranor

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- A PBS documentary about the ethical, legal and social dilemmas of cutting-edge science credits UC Riverside Philosophy Professor Carl Cranor as one of eight members of a “Board of Advisors” to producer/director Noel Schwerin. The show airs on KCET in Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Friday, July 11. It has already aired on other PBS stations around the country.

“Carl was a terrific advisor,” said Schwerin. “He was involved from the outset of the project. He reviewed rough cuts and was helpful in making suggestions. He helped us build a context about the larger questions at the intersection of science and the law. He also brought a philosophical context to it that was helpful.”

The production examines some of the fundamental questions that get raised with genetic and reproductive technologies: who is a parent when an infertile couple, sperm and egg donors and a surrogate can all contribute to the birth of a child; what is real when scientists can cross species so readily; who has rights when genes can be tested easily? The cases in BLOODLINES look at real cases that are setting the legal precedents that govern our future.

“These are fascinating issues and exactly the kind of issues that need to be brought to the attention of the public,” said Cranor, who has been at UC Riverside since 1971. “I’m glad to be associated with a production that has taken the time to get it right. I’m interested to see how society and the legal community will adapt to the challenges science brings.”

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