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Genetic Crossroads
January 7th, 2001

1. "A Decade of ELSI Research,"
January 16-18, Bethesda, MD

This conference, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research

and the Department of Energy, is "organized around a series
of plenary and

concurrent sessions exploring a wide range of ELSI issues."
Many topics

relevant to the new technologies of human genetic manipulation
will be


Sessions include a January 17 4:15 pm panel titled "Genetic

moderated by LeRoy Walters. Presentations at this session: "Anticipating

Enhancement: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues," Maxwell
Mehlman; "The

Social and Ethical Dimensions of Genetic Enhancement Technologies,"

Rothman and Sheila Rothman; "Ethical and Social Issues
in Human Germline

Modification: A Retrospective View From 1990-2000," David
Resnick; "The

Conceptual Challenges of Regulating Genetic Enhancement,"
Eric Juengst.

For more information, including an agenda and abstracts of

see <www.tech-res.intl.com/ELSI/index.asp>.

2. UC Berkeley Classes on Biotechnology
and Bioethics

Visiting Professor Charles Weiner of the Massachusetts Institute

Technology will teach two classes this spring that address genetic

engineering. "Bioethics" will meet Monday and Wednesday
from 4:00-5:30

in 141 Giannini Hall. Topics include ethical dilemmas arising

recent advances in biotechnology, genetic engineering, healthcare,

patient's rights, and environmental cleanups.

"Biotechnology and Society" will meet Tuesday, 6-9
pm in 139 Mulford

Hall. Topics include the recombinant DNA controversy, development

the biotechnology industry, agricultural use of genetically

organisms, university-industry links, patenting, conflicts of

the human genome project, ethical problems in human gene therapy,

the social responsibility of the scientist.

Both courses are open to the public. Info: Department of Environmental

Science Policy and Management, 510-643-0177.

3. Public Event Features Bill Joy, February
14, San Francisco

Bill Joy, chief scientist of Sun Microsystems and author of
the widely

cited 2000 article "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us,"
(Wired magazine)

will give a keynote address at a public event titled "Genomics

and Nanotechnology: Science and Religion Converse on the Shape
of the

Future." Responses from scientists, ethicists, and theologians

The free event takes place at 7:00 pm, Grace Cathedral, 1051
Taylor St.,

San Francisco. Sponsored by the American Association for the

of Science; the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences;

Episcopal Church Working Group on Science, Technology and Faith;

Grace Cathedral. See <www.ctns.org/News/Bill_Joy/bill_joy.html>.

4. American Association for the Advancement
of Science, February 15-20,

San Francisco

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
will hold

its annual meeting from Thursday February 15 through Tuesday
February 20 at the

San Francisco Hilton Hotel. Seminars and talks of interest include:

- Shaping the Genetic Future of Man: A Framework for Policy

Sunday, February 18, 3:00 - 6:00 pm.

- Patenting Genes and Business Methods: Is It Time for Congress
to Cut

Back Patent Protection? Monday, February 19, 3:00 - 6:00 pm.

- Ethical and Policy Implications of Synthesizing "Minimal

Tuesday, February 20, 8:00 - 11:00 am.

Other workshops address post-genomics, regulating human aging,

public relations, food/agro GE, science journalism, nanotechnology,

more. Speakers including W. French Anderson, Lori Andrews, Sheila

Jasonoff, and Bill Joy.

For full schedule and registration info: <http://www.aaas.org/meetings>


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