March 12th at 5 pm Seminar with Professor Christoph Rehmann Sutter “Intergenerational relationships: The missing link in the ethics of inheritable genetic modification in humans”

We are delighted to announce a seminar with Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Professor of Theory and Ethics in the Biosciences, University of Luebeck, President of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, and visiting Professor in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine.

When: Tuesday March 12th 17:00-18:30

Where: Bush House North East Wing, room 6.05


In its 2018 report, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics suggests that heritable genome editing could be ethically acceptable in some circumstances to influence the characteristics of future generations. I will discuss this position in the light of the recent revelations about He Jianqui’s illegal experiments with genetically modified babies in Shenzhen/China. In this talk I will critically examine their underlying concept of transgenerationalism and their notions of the germline. My idea is the following: in order to clarify, what kinds of responsibilities or obligations are linking succeeding generations, a phenomenological account on the germline as embo

Prof Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

died intergenerational relationship is necessary. This understanding adds complexity to our thinking about the obligations to future children who would result from treatment by genome editing. As part of their good life, which includes a retrospective view on their previous generations, they also have an interest not to have been treated with genome editing.

All are welcome to attend!

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