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Genetic Engineering

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Here are the videos and discussion questions for this hangout: https://youtu.be/F7DpdOHRDR4 The Economist - genetic engineering https://youtu.be/sWBgSgWYS5s Gene Editing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_KruQhfvW4 movie trailer - GATTACA Did something from one of the videos catch your attention? Do you eat or avoid eating GMO foods? Do you think they pose a health or ethical risk? Why do you think so many people object to GMO foods? Should people be allowed to modify non-harmful traits in their children (e.g. height)? Should the scientist who engineered HIV-resistant Chinese girls have been punished? How do you feel about the ethics of at-home genetic testing? Is there a risk of this information being misused? Would you want to know if you had an increased (but not definite) chance of developing an untreatable condition? Should we genetically eliminate conditions like deafness that some but not all people consider a disability? What about non-lethal conditions like Down syndrome? How do issues of equality affect genetic engineering? Can it make life better for everyone? Will people with wealth have their children engineered for traits that make them more likely to succeed? What kind of limits should be put on genetic engineering? Who should be in charge of regulating genetic engineering? Please remember to watch at least a few videos before you arrive since we’ll be discussing them when we begin. Once the hangout begins, everyone will introduce each other and then take turns asking the provided questions in order to keep the discussion on topic. Hangouts typically last 90 minutes, and once the hangout is over you will have the opportunity to add people to your buddytree to organize private hangouts and develop friendships. As always, these hangouts provide the opportunity for a thoughtful, respectful and engaging discussion in a safe space where disrespectful behaviour is not tolerated.

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