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CRISPR... debemos poner límites a la edición genética?

New genome editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 open up a whole range of possibilities for human health. They can be used to correct genetic defects to cure disease, and also to modify individuals and entire plant or animal species. Who should be responsible for determining their use? Do we need to establish limits?


“Genética y terapia”

February 13, 2018

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February 13, 2018

Lecture by Francisco Montero, supervisor of clinical laboratories and member of CEC, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona.

 

In recent decades, biomedical progress, particularly in the sphere of genetics, has generated huge expectations regarding the possibility of curing genetic diseases. Intervening in our genes is complex, and requires us to undertake a detailed risk–benefit analysis and to be honest when proposing different types of intervention, taking care not to exaggerate the potential benefits. One of the areas that generates most concern is the use of such techniques in reproductive medicine, altering the genes of a future child to prevent illness or disability. As a society, we have a responsibility to hold a civilized debate on this issue, and to ensure that as much information as possible is available to support our decisions.

 

13 February, 19:30h
Centre Cívic Urgell
 C/ Urgell, 145
 08036 Barcelona

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Movie forum “The Boys from Brazil”

February 27, 2018

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February 27, 2018

Session chaired by Marcel Cano, Professor of Ethics at UB and of Bioethics at UVic

 

The Boys from Brazil is an Anglo-American film, released in 1978 and based on the novel of the same name, by Ira Levin. In it, Dr. Josef Mengele, the famous Nazi doctor, flees to Brazil after the fall of the Third Reich. There, supported by a group of young Nazi activists, he decides to continue with his abhorrent experiments, creating 94 genetically identical children who have been designed to be future Hitlers.

 

27 February, 18:30
 Centre Cívic Urgell
C/ Urgell, 145
08036 Barcelona


 

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Course at COMB (College of Doctors of Barcelona): Caring for the chronically ill (act)

February 19 and 21, 2018

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February 19 and 21, 2018

College of Doctors of Barcelona

Second edition.
From 4 pm to  8 pm.
Centre d'Estudis Col·legials.
8h.
 

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“Genetics and human improvement”

February 20, 2018

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February 20, 2018

Lecture by Miquel Àngel Serra, Ph.D. in Biology and research manager at the Neuropharmacology Laboratory, Pompeu Fabra University.

 

"There are two nuclei that man should never have touched: the atomic nucleus and the cell nucleus. The technology of genetic engineering poses a greater threat to the world than the advent of nuclear technology." (Erwin Chargaff, 2002) But could we use new genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR, to cure disease? And does this involve acquiring new capacities that improve individual lives or does it entail eugenic selection of the ‘less fit'? We are facing difficult ethical challenges and, as a society, we have the duty to understand and discuss them in order to take the right decisions as these will affect future generations.

 

20 February, 19:30 Centre Cívic Urgell
C/ Urgell, 145
08036 Barcelona

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