Technology, law, privacy, and security are inextricably linked. Each area is intertwined with the way that government and commerce take place. This holds true for higher education, where these subjects underpin and enable how universities, including the University of Michigan, fulfill their teaching, learning, research, and clinical mission. The Dissonance event series explores these topics from a global and national perspective, and in doing so increases university-wide multidisciplinary discourse, and supports university initiatives related to data science.
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Most Recent Event: The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Newborn Screening
Held September 25, 2017.
Advances in prenatal screening and genetic manipulation may have the potential to all but eliminate birth defects and genetic disorders. For example, prenatal genetic testing in Iceland has almost completely erased incidents of down’s syndrome in newborns. This has led to growing concerns over creating “designer babies,” hyperbole about the potential for a new era of eugenics, and broader questions about whether science is outstripping societal and ethical norms in regards to human genetic diversity.
- Joselin Linder, Author, "The Family Gene"
- Jodyn Platt, Assistant Professor, U-M Medical School
- Moderator: Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Assistant Professor, U-M Medical School Chief of the Research Ethics Service in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)
- The Drive for Perfect Children Gets a Little Scary: Innovation in genetic engineering is moving faster than ethical discussions about parents' choices. (Bloomberg, 8/24/2017)
- "What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing (CBS News, 8/15/2017)
- Ethical concerns over designer babies (The Guardian, 8/11/2017)
- Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say (The New York Times, 8/4/2017)
- Gene Editing Breakthrough: How Far Are We From Fixing And Designing Babies? (Forbes, 8/4/2017)