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Opera Addresses New Human Genetic Technologies

Genetic Crossroads
September 18th, 2002

On August 19, the San Francisco Opera hosted a read-through of a newly commissioned opera, Earthrise, which explores the unknown consequences of human cloning and genetic manipulation by depicting a conversation between a retiring lab scientist and her "replicants." CGS Program Director Tania Simoncelli and Advisor Dr. Paul Billings were invited to participate in a facilitated public dialogue following the reading. Audience members raised many critical concerns associated with the use and implications of the new human genetic technologies. See Steven Winn, "Reading and Discussion of New Chamber Opera: It Ain't Over Till the Third Clone Sings," San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2002, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/08/24/DD190293.DTL


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