Our Once and Future Bodies

Saturday Aug 18   01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (1 hour)
For billions of years evolution through natural selection has defined us.  Now we're on the cusp of a new age, where we'll increasingly define ourselves by means of genetic engineering and biological manipulation.  It's a revolutionary time in the field of human health and biology.  We're now able to genetically treat -- and in some cases cure -- a growing list of diseases.  And many more treatments are on the horizon.

Does this mark a turning point for Homo sapiens?  Are we at a fork in the road?  Will we soon give birth to a new species?  Will the two of us live in harmony or will we be at odds?

What are the promises and perils, and the ethical challenges, of our rapidly approaching Anthropocenic, future?

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