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Ensuring Equitable Use of New Genetic Technologies: Lessons from Eugenics —

New genetic technologies have incrementally but steadily altered the landscape of human reproduction. These technologies include polygenic risk scores coupled with embryo selection, fetal testing using DNA sequencing or non-invasive prenatal testing, and reproductive carrier screening. However, the broad use of and access to these new technologies is subject to little evaluation, control or oversight in terms of whether they are serving society’s interests or inflicting social harm. The potential for exacerbating existing inequities or creating new ones is particularly concerning. In this session, panelists will bring perspectives from history, social science and philosophy to start a discussion on lessons learned from empirical and conceptual analysis of eugenics, and how we can employ them in an era of rapid growth of new genetic technologies.

Panelist: Emily Klancher Merchant, PhD (University of California, Davis)
Panelist: Lisa Dive, PhD (University of Sydney)
Moderator: Osagie Obasogie, JD, PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

To continue the conversation please join fellow audience members for an informal discussion in a Zoom meeting immediately following the forum. The link will be placed in the Zoom Chat during the forum. For those who cannot attend the live event, the forum will be recorded and archived on the ELSIhub Video page.


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