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Robert Winston: Fertility and Changing Our Genes

5 December 2016 - 6:54pm -- miranda
Upcoming EventsSunday, March 5

Robert Winston: Fertility and Changing Our Genes

Kings Place, Hall 1

2017-03-05 11:00:00



Robert Winston

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine? Is there a darker side that we ignore?

IVF treatments now mean we can help 65 year-olds to conceive, store eggs and embryos in the deep freeze for several hundred years and screen for serious genetic disorders before a pregnancy has even begun.

New techniques mean we will be able to enhance humans by genetic modification. What are the ethical considerations this meddling? Why not manufacture stronger, more talented and intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge of how our abilities are inherited mean that there will be some major surprises?

A fascinating talk that will appeal to all age groups from one of the country’s most experienced science communicators. No scientific knowledge is required, just a questioning and open mind.

Sponsored by David and Judy Dangoor

Robert Winston is a Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London and is one of the early pioneers of IVF. Shows like Child of our Time and The Human Body have earned him Baftas and he has written over 20 books for both adults and children.