Just Genes? Ethical, legal and social questions for genetics

The Centre for Law and Genetics marks 25 years of groundbreaking work on the challenges facing this rapidly changing field.
Last year Chinese scientist Dr He Jiankui claimed to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies. Dr He’s use of new technology to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls caused an international outcry over the ethics and safety of this type of science.
For the past 25 years, a team in the Law Faculty at the University of Tasmania has been researching the complex ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of advances in genetics, genomics and related technologies. The Centre for Law and Genetics has focused its research effort on the situation in Australia, but positioned this research within a global context. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its work, the Centre is hosting a public forum, which will outline a number of the key current ELSI debates, both within Australia and internationally. Featuring experts from Canada and Japan, as well as the University of Tasmania, it will also seek feedback from the audience on these issues.

  • Professor Dianne Nicol
  • Professor Margaret Otlowski
  • Dr Jane Nielsen
  • Associate Professor Yann Joly
  • Professor Kazuto Kato

Refreshments from 5.30pm.