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LECTURE

Nathaniel Comfort
  Professor, Department of The History of Medicine
  Johns Hopkins University
  Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology, Library of Congress/NASA

In Pursuit of Perfection:  Controlling Human
Evolution, from Eugenics to CRISPR

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:00p.m.
Seelye 201, Smith College
Open to the Public

Will new techniques of gene editing such as CRISPR lead to a Gattaca-like world of designer babies?

It is a story of noble ambitions and unintended consequencs, hubris and hype, small victories and rescaled goals.  The dangers of genetically engineered human beings are real, but they are not what most people think.

In this talk, Professor Comfort will trace the history of efforts to take control of our own evolution.