The Cambridge Roundtable on Science and Religion

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What is Human Nature? Moral Challenges for Genetic Engineering Research Today

June 17, 2021

In conversation with Harvard Genetics Professor George Church.
Geneticists  are at the verge of taking control of human biological destiny: for some, exercising the power of “gods,” capable of creating artificial DNA, developing artificial organs for heart replacement surgery, cloning animals and humans, to name just a few innovations. Some, like the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, have argued that science and religion/philosophy are separate domains—“magisteria,” as Gould called them. Are geneticists move closer to being able to manipulate the very material of human identity? We invite you to a conversation where Dr. Church will talk about the moral and religious challenges that he is encountering.