MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host a presentation titled “The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project.” It is scheduled from 3:10-4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Gries Hall room 167.

            The mapping of the human genome opens the door to opportunities in medicine, gene therapy and genetic evolution. But some fear it may also become a genetic Pandora’s Box. New technologies that enhance our capacity to alter the human species raise many questions about policy and the future of humanity.

          NMU philosophy professor David Cooper and NMU chemistry professor Suzanne Williams received 2004 summer study grants to attend a National Institutes of Health-sponsored seminar at Dartmouth College. They analyzed the ethical, legal and social implications of the human genome. Williams will give an overview of the ELSI seminar and discuss the current science of human genomic research. Cooper will discuss “Unintended Messages: The Ethics of Teaching Genetic Dilemmas.”

          The public is invited to attend free of charge. The event is part of the 2005-06 Colloquia Series sponsored by the NMU psychology department. For more information, call 227-2935.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director