Genetics & Ethics
The rise of genetic studies has contributed to forensic science, medical diagnostics, therapy, and behavioral genetics. My class will address ethical issues that arise when genes are discovered that claim to foster certain human behaviors such as aggression, infidelity, altruism, voting choices, ability to make moral judgments and skill at social networking. Are these discoveries credible? And if so, what responsibility do parents, courts, law enforcement, teachers have to children or adults who have the genetics of anti-social behavior? Should embryos be screened for super aggression genes?
Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D., Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University.