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What is Fair? Genetics and Public Policy

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Debates are raging today about stem cell research, about the ethics of genetic research, and about how we make policies on scientific research in a pluralistic society. What is the responsibility of the government to support research that has the potential to cure disease, but is also ethically problematic for a large portion of our polity? How has contemporary bioethics addressed or ignored issues of race? If government does not support genetic research and it moves to the private sector, how can we ensure that the fruits of this research will be accessible to all? Excerpts from the Kartemquin Film documentary, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, will be featured.

  • Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D., University Professor of Medical Humanities, George Washington University

  • Maria Finitzo, Filmmaker, presenting film excerpts from her documentary Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita

  • Lainie Friedman Ross, M.D., Ph.D., Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine; Section Chief of Community Health Sciences, Institute for Molecular Pediatric Sciences; Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago
  • Dorothy Roberts, J.D., Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research (moderator)

Attendees will have an opportunity to view the exhibit: From Dreams to Determination: The Legacy of Doctors Percy and Anna Julian from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

This event is presented in partnership with the American Medical Association, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and Kartemquin Films.

Reservations required. Reservations can be made on-line, via email, or by calling 312.422.5580.

Enter the museum through the 57th Street entrance.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580.

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