The Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture will address the topic, “Editing the Environment: Emerging Issues in Genetics and the Law.” The lecture will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo (North Campus). This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary.
“Emerging biotechnologies such as CRISPR and gene drives are ushering in a new era of genetic engineering. In this new era, the technical means to modify life are becoming cheaper, faster, more accurate, and more widely accessible than ever before. Gene editing technologies have already made it possible to engineer ourselves, our food animals, and our crops. More recently, they are also being developed to intentionally and rapidly alter or even drive to extinction species such as mosquitoes, with far-reaching implications for the management of human diseases, including malaria, dengue, Zika, and Lyme. In other words: gene editing technologies are increasingly granting humans the power to engineer life at all scales.
“What kind of futures do gene editing technologies portend and what imaginaries of progress, risk, and control guide their regulation? This year’s Mitchell Lecture will explore the complex cultural, scientific, ecological, legal, and normative implications of gene editing technologies for the future of life. Three distinguished speakers from law, science, and governance – as well as a dozen scholars from a wide-array of disciplines and professional backgrounds – will examine and problematize the evolving regulatory approaches to gene editing. The speakers and commentators will consider the potential impacts of contemporary gene editing technologies within, and beyond, the human.”
The facilitator is Irus Braverman, University at Buffalo School of Law and speakers include: Kevin Esvelt, Media Lab, MIT; Lori Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law; and Sheila Jasanoff, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
More information: http://www.law.buffalo.edu/news/mitchell/2016-fall.html