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Genetics and Reproduction: How Far Should We Go? | Ricki Lewis | TEDxSchenectady

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Published on Jul 24, 2015

When Louise Joy Brown was born in 1980 after conception in vitro, the world was shocked. A few years later, when Chloe O’Brien was selected as an 8-celled embryo that had not inherited the family’s genetic disease and transferred to her mother’s uterus, the world was shocked. A few years after that, when Adam Nash was chosen as an 8-celled embryo because he had not inherited the deadly disease that his sister had and he was a perfect tissue match, conceived intentionally to supply stem cells, the world was so alarmed that a novel and film were based on the case.

Today those manipulations are routine – with the added complication that we can now determine the sequence of a human genome in under a day. This talk will introduce several pairings of assisted reproductive technologies with genomics, from gametes to newborns, and conclude with the related bioethical issues.

Ricki Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. Her books includeThe Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), the college textbook Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications (McGraw-Hill Education,) now in its 11th edition, a novel about stem cells, an essay collection, a short human genetics book, and two human anatomy and physiology textbooks. Ricki writes news articles for Medscape Medical News, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Lancet Oncology, and writes a weekly blog for Public Library of Science called DNA Science (http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience). Ricki teaches an online course in “Genethics” for the doctoral program in the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College, and is a genetic counselor at CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady. She is a frequent public speaker.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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