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Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity

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Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1A0119
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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As our DNA becomes as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology, the choices made today could be the difference between advances in human well-being or a genetic arms race. Jamie Metzl, a technology and healthcare futurist and geopolitical expert, explores the many ways genetic engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives: sex, war, love, and death.

Appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing, Metzl examines the need to spark national and international efforts to ensure revolutionary genetic technologies will be applied for the common good. She discusses this ever-developing field and topic by drawing on the latest research and technologies in biology and raising probing and thoughtful questions about the ethical challenges faced by our own and future generations. 

Metzl is the author of  Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity (Source Books), which is available for sale.

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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.