University of Pittsburgh
March 20, 2006

Pitt School of Law to Hold "Designer Babies" Symposium March 30

The event will focus on the ethical implications of selective genetic modification
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PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh School of Law will hold "Designer Babies," a symposium comprising presentations and a panel discussion, from 9 a.m. to noon March 30 in the Barco Law Building Teplitz Memorial Court Room, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This event is free and open to the public.

Speakers include Lee M. Silver, a Princeton University professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, who will deliver the keynote presentation titled "The Science of Designer Babies." Leslie Bender, a professor of law in Syracuse University Law School, and Larry I. Palmer, endowed chair in Urban Health Policy in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences School of Public Health and Information at the University of Louisville, also will reflect on the keynote message in a presentation titled "Legal and Ethical Aspects of Genetic Manipulation of Children."

A panel, moderated by Lawrence A. Frolik, a professor of law in the Pitt School of Law, will further respond to the scientific and ethical issues that have been presented. Panelists are Alan Meisel, Dickie, McCamey, and Chilcote Professor of Bioethics, professor of law, and director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at Pitt; David H. Perlmutter, a professor of pediatrics in Pitt's School of Medicine and physician-in-chief and scientific director of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and Alex John London, an associate professor in the philosophy department and Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.

This symposium has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for 2 hours of substantive and 1 hour of ethics CLE credits. The cost for the credit is $30, payable when registering at the door in cash or by a check made out to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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