Scientists, Lawyers, Clergy Discuss Stem Cell & Cloning Research At Hofstra Law School
Recent scientific developments in the field of human embryonic stem cell research and cloning have prompted a host of difficult questions that challenge lawmakers, scientists, ethicists, theologians, and ordinary citizens.
On March 5-6, 2008, some of the nation’s leading researchers, physicians, lawyers, clergy, ethicists and policy makers will debate these questions at a conference entitled Embryonic Stem Cells, Clones and Genes: Science, Law, Politics and Values, presented by Hofstra Law School and the Hofstra Cultural Center.
“There is a tension between recent revolutionary advances in the biological sciences, with their potential to remarkably improve the treatment of many serious diseases, and the risk cited by many that they will degrade human life by regarding it as merely a tool, and by creating altered forms of human life,” said Hofstra Law School Professor and Conference Co-Director Janet Dolgin. “These are difficult and contentious issues, to be sure. We hope that, by bringing together participants of differing views in this academic setting, we may be able to move the debate forward and perhaps find some common ground.”
“The conference is particularly timely, since it is the first broad-based conference on stem cells since President Bush mentioned the possibility of inducing stem cell equivalents from skin cells in humans in his State of the Union address in January,” Professor Dolgin said.
The conference, co-directed by Dr. Joel Weintraub, Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, will be held in the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall at the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library (10th Floor) at Hofstra University.
Among the noted experts appearing at the conference are John D. Gearhart, Ph.D, Director of the Stem Cell Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Institute for Cell Engineering, and William B. Hurlbut, M.D., Member, President’s Council on Bioethics and Professor of Neurology at Stanford University.
Also speaking will be Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk (widely known as Father Tad), Director of Education, National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia; Bernard Siegel, Executive Director of the Genetics Policy Institute, Wellington, FL; and Merrill Goozner, Director, Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest,Washington, DC.
For more information, including the conference program, registration materials, and details on available CLE credit, please visit the conference web site at www.law.hofstra.edu/StemCellConf. To register by telephone, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669.#