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Friday, February 14 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm
From Kilayim to CRISPR: Jewish Concerns with Gene Editing

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We are living through what many consider to be the most significant scientific revolution of all—greater than the industrial revolution, the atomic age, the information age. The ability to make precise edits to the genome that are heritable signals a fundamental shift in the role of humanity from creature to creator. The CRISPR/Cas9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) system dramatizes the change since it becomes so inexpensive and accessible. What do Jewish sources have to say about the modification of the genome? Is the model of forbidden mixing of species (kilayim) relevant? Can distinctions be sustained between human and non-human editing, therapeutic and enhancement treatments?

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Daniel Nevins

Dean, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Daniel Nevins is the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School. He also serves as dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, which includes the H.L. Miller Cantorial School, the Center for Pastoral Education, and the Block-Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts. Rabbi Nevins was... Read More →

Friday February 14, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Presentation Room (Atrium)

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