Intelligence Squared US: "Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?"

Intelligence Squared US: "Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?"

Sun, 03/10/2013 - 9:00pm


Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring’s height, eye color and intelligence.  The science may be closer than you think.  Genes interact in ways that we don’t fully understand and there could be unintended consequences, new diseases that result from our tinkering. 

But even if the science could be perfected, is it morally wrong?  Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement?  Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity? Intelligence Squared U.S. answers these complex questions in Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?, airing Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370 FM-HD 91.5-2.

Debating for the motion is Professor, Tufts University and Chair and Council for Responsible Genetics, Mr. Sheldon Krimsky and Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor, Fertility Studies, and Imperial College, Lord Robert Winston. Debating against the motion, Professor of Law and Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University Mrs. Nita Farahany and Professor at Princeton University and Author Lee Silver. The debate is moderated by John Donvan, Author & Correspondent for ABC News.