Penn Bioethics Seminar | Robert Klitzman, MD
12:00pm - 1:00pm • 1402 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Designing babies: How technology is changing the ways we create children
Since the first test-tube baby was born over 40 years ago, in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies have advanced in extraordinary ways, producing millions of babies. An estimated 20% of American couples use infertility services to help them conceive, and that number is growing. Prospective parents routinely choose the sex of their future child, whether or not to have twins, or whether or not to pass on certain genes to the next generation, including those for chronic diseases. Yet the ART industry is largely unregulated, creating a “wild West”, that bodes poorly for our ability to oversee use of ever-newer technologies, including possible use of CRISPR in the near future. These rapidly developing technologies raise profound ethical, social and policy issues that Klitzman will explore.
Robert Klitzman, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Masters of Bioethics Program