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Sunday, March 20 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Altering the Genome: Jewish Thoughts

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Prevention and treatment of inherited diseases have advanced exponentially as we learn more about their genetic bases.  However in many cases prevention relies on discarding embryos or terminating pregnancies.  If we can alter the genetics that cause the disease so that the defective gene is no longer present in family members, then the disease disappears from that family forever.  Why would we not want to do this and what does Judaism have to do with these decisions?  What are the risks and what else might we want to do with these technologies once we know how to use them?  Where should we fear to tread?

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Carol Gerson

Adjunct Faculty, Tulane U
Dr. Carol Gerson practiced pediatric otolaryngology for 26 years. She left clinical medicine in 2008 and became a mohelet practicing in Chicago and New Orleans. Also in 2008, she began her formal studies in bioethics. She received a master's degree and subsequently, in 2014, completed... Read More →

Sunday March 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Lavin-Bernick Center -- Room 208 Tulane University, 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118