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Gene(sis): Panel Discussion & Lecture Series

Lecture: Charles Weiner

August 27, 2003; 57 Minutes; Video

Why do artists care about the human genome? Why should you? The museum's art/science panel and six-part lecture series offer audiences the chance to think critically about the implications of human genomics for anthropology, art history, history, sociology, and philosophy, as well as to hear from a leader in the field of genomics.

In conjunction with
Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics

Lecture: Charles Weiner
Sunday, September 28, 2 - 4 p.m.

What are the ethical limits involved in manipulating genes of living things? What constitutes wise use of recent advances in genomics?

Acclaimed historian of science Charles Weiner provides thoughtful perspectives on these and other questions. He will address the hope and hype of genetic medicine; the ethical limits of human genetic engineering; the morality and politics of human cloning; and conflicts of interest between university research and industry. Weiner asks, what is the proper role of artists, journalists, and the public: spectators, cheerleaders, or informed critics and decision makers?

Professor emeritus of history of science and technology at MIT, Weiner most recently taught Biotechnology and Society as a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, where he was last year's Regents Lecturer. His writings deal with the continuing controversy over the environmental, safety, and ethical aspects of genetic engineering and biotechnology.