ACU invites you to attend
the annual 'That's Life Week' public forum: A Great Debate: 'Is Preimplantation
Genetic Diagnosis a neo-eugenics project?'
A week where the big social issues are examined at ACU.
Monday 18 August 2014, 7.30pm to 9pm
Phillipa Brazill Lecture Theatre, 17 Young St Fitzroy
Australian Catholic University (ACU) invites you to attend the annual
'Life Week' public forum:
A Great Debate: ‘Is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis a neo-eugenics
Professor Julian Savulescu, Uehiro
Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford
Dr Bernadette Tobin, Director, Plunkett
Centre for Ethics at Australian Catholic University
Chaired by Associate Professor Patrick
McArdle, Director, Institute for Catholic Identity and Mission.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a very early form of prenatal
diagnosis aimed at identifying embryos carrying serious genetic diseases before
implantation. PGD currently enables the ex-utero identification of genetic
defects in the embryo and so allows a woman some certainty that her child will
not be affected by a genetic disorder by selecting embryos free of that defect
(and discarding others). It thus frees her from the choices generally
associated with later prenatal testing, including termination of pregnancy.
On the other hand, PGD is thought by some to be a consumer-driven form
of eugenics. Indeed, in the future, it could be used to sequence the whole
genome of an embryo, testing for genes associated not only with risk of
disease, but abilities and limitation, such as cognitive abilities, physical
talents, character and personality, creativity and the genetic contributors to
other aspects of our individuality.
Professor Julian Savulescu and Dr Bernadette Tobin will debate the
ethical and social meaning and significance of this and related forms of
assisted reproductive technology.
For further information contact Joanne Grainger on (03) 9953 3362 or
Professor Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical
Ethics at the University of Oxford.
He is the Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
within the Faculty of Philosophy and is Director of the Oxford Centre for
Neuroethics. He is also Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics within
the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He is a leader in medical
and practical ethics. He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and
founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics. He is the Sir Louis Matheson
Distinguished Professor at Monash University and the Honorary Professorial at
the Florey Neuroscience Institutes.
Dr Bernadette Tobin is Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics, a
joint centre of Australian Catholic University and St Vincent's and Mater
She is Conjoint Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the
University of New South Wales and Conjoint Associate Professor in the Faculty
of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is Honorary Ethicist at the
Children's Hospital at Westmead.
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