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."
relevant to the new technologies of human genetic manipulation
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
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
Conceptual Challenges of Regulating Genetic Enhancement,"
For more information, including an agenda and abstracts of
2. UC Berkeley Classes on Biotechnology
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
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
cited 2000 article "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us,"
will give a keynote address at a public event titled "Genomics
and Nanotechnology: Science and Religion Converse on the Shape
Future." Responses from scientists, ethicists, and theologians
The free event takes place at 7:00 pm, Grace Cathedral, 1051
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,
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
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
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>