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GE -University of London Forum on Genetic Engineering

International Legislation and Genetic Engineering. (Wednesday 10th)
Wednesday 10th March, 7pm 
International Agreements related to trade with genetically engineered
patent issues and intellectual property rights surrounding relevant
biotechnological innovations will be discussed. How are technical and ethical
implications specific to genetic engineering accounted for in international
legislation? What are effectively the consequences of existing agreements on
developing regions and the rights of indigenous peoples? 
Theatre 542, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, Exhibition Road
(nearest tube: South Kensington)
Confirmed speakers: Pauline Lane (Dept. of Health Sciences, Univ. of East
London), Les Levidow (Centre for Technology Strategy, Open University), Helena
Paul (Gaia Foundation), Alan Simpson MP 

Genetic Engineering and its Future Role in Medicine. (Thursday 11th)
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What is the potential of genetic engineering research into human health for
finding new treatments and diagnostics? Are hopes for new cures available to
all realistic promise or pretense? How does genetic science change the
traditional perception of the human being and its development? The role of
responsibility of the scientist will be discussed regarding the ethical
dimensions of genetic screening, therapy, and the potential for misuse. 

Harris Theatre, Guy's Hospital Medical School, London Bridge (nearest tube:
London Bridge)
Confirmed speakers: Bill Albert (British Council of Disabled People), Michael
Antoniou (Dept. of Pathology, UMDS), David Latchman (Prof. of Molecular
Pathology, University College London)

A Speed Limit for Science? (Friday 12th)
Friday 12th March, 7pm 
What are the benefits of rushing headlong into a new era of technology fraught
with uncertain consequences? Is a 'speed limit' of scientific and
progress desirable and feasible, as the proponents for moratoria on commercial
crops and cloning say? What lessons can we learn from past technological
revolutions? Followed by the ULgenix art experience with contributions from
Central St Martins Art and Design students. 
Darwin Theatre, University College London, Gower St (nearest tube: Euston
Square, Warren St)
Confirmed speakers: Colin Blakemore (British Association for the
Advancement of
Science), Geoffrey Clements (Head of the Natural Law Party), John Durant
(Science Museum, London), Joseph Rotblat (Nobel Peace Prize laureate and
Pugwash founder), Tom Wakeford (Dept. of Environmental Science, Univ. of East
London), Brian Wynne (Centre for Study of Environmental Change, Univ. of

All events are scheduled to last about two hours.