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Sunday, February 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Imperative to Heal: Judaism, Ethics and Biotechnology

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Today diverse biomedical procedures constitute what we call “genetic engineering.”  These procedures include genetic mapping, genetic testing and screening, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, genetic surgery, and research that could to the cloning of humans constitute, and genome editing.  This lecture discusses the pro-biotechnology stance of Jewish ethicists who ground their stance in the commandment to heal (ve-rafo yerape; Exodus 21:19).  The lecture explains the theological justifications for the pro-biotechnology stance of most Jewish bioethicists, the existential and demographic stresses in Israel and the Diaspora that account for the pro-biotechnology stance, and some of the dissenting voices who have been critical of biotechnology.


Hava Samuelson

Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Director of Jewish Studies and Irving and  Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and Professor of History at  Arizona State University. She writes on Jewish intellectual history with a focus on philosophy and mysticism in premodern Judaism, the interaction... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
230 Pima

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