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Science, Religion and Ethics in 21st Century Biomedical Discoveries: Which Way is Forward?

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Science, Religion and Ethics in 21st Century Biomedical Discoveries: Which Way is Forward?

  • Chair & Professor, Georgetown University
24 Lectures (8 CDs)

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Do Science, Religion and Ethics Collide?

What is human? Can the promise of great scientific discoveries be reconciled with traditional notions of God and ethics? Are we capable of using biotechnology to better the human condition? How can science, religion and ethics be used to inform our decisions? What will an increasingly sophisticated understanding of genetics mean for healthcare, our understanding of free will?

Advances in 21st century biomedicine raise these and other fundamental questions. Our answers will profoundly shape national policy, science, healthcare, and our notions of right and wrong. Stem cell research, cloning, nanotechnology, chimera creation, genetic medicine and other initiatives give humans an unprecedented capacity to heal and influence our lives.

What You'll Explore

Now, for the first time ever, you can explore these important issues from three perspectives'scientific, theological, and ethical'though this unique 24-lecture series available on eight audio CDs. Presented by Kevin T. FitzGerald, Catholic Priest, Ph.D. in molecular genetics, Ph.D. in bioethics, you will gain a level of multidisciplinary understanding held by remarkable few people. Whatever your view on or understanding of biomedical discoveries, you will profit from this course.

Beginning with the seemingly simple question, 'What is Human?' Fr. FitzGerald investigates the implications of modern science. Several lectures are devoted to stem cells. What are they, where do they come from and how are they used? Does it matter if a stem cell comes from an embryo versus bone marrow, the placenta or skin? Examine the promise and dangers of stem cell research.

The world marveled at Dolly, the first cloned sheep, and now cloning is widespread. What is cloning, how is it done, are humans being cloned now?

Nanotechnology has captured world's imagination; tiny technologies one hundred thousandth the width of a human hair can fit into cells like small machines. How do they work? What can go wrong? What social justice issues arise regarding the availability of potentially powerful but costly individualized treatments?

Did you know that chimeras'genetic blends of different animals that create new species' are a reality? Can a part-human part-animal chimera be created? Are they 'persons' in spiritual, ethical or legal terms?

The study of genetics is rapidly advancing to map genetic codes of humans and animals with ever greater precision. How are genes changed and manipulated? What does this mean for our food supply and for future generations of humans?

Explore the relationship between the brain and behavior and consider the implications for understanding the soul.

What will individually customized pharmaceuticals mean? As genes are mapped ever more carefully, what are the implications for privacy, genetic discrimination, and genetic screening?

Fr. FitzGerald examines each issue with sensitivity and perspective. Looking into the future, he gives you the tools you will need to determine which way is forward. If we gain more power over our biology, how can we use this power for good? Where are the limits? How can faith, ethics and science come together to help us make the right choices?

 

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About Your Presenter

Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D., is the Dr. David Lauler Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics at Georgetown University. A Catholic priest he received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and a Ph.D. in bioethics from Georgetown University. Fr. Fitzgerald publishes on science and ethics in peer-reviewed journals, books, and in the popular press, and delivers presentations internationally. He is often interviewed by the news media on topics such as human genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, and the Human Genome Project.

Topic Titles

  • Overview: Framework and Key Themes
  • What is Human?
  • Religion, Science, and Ethics
  • Regenerative Medicine and Aging
  • What are Stem Cells?
  • Sources of Stem Cells
  • Recent Stem Cell Research
  • Ethics of Stem Cell Research
  • Biology of Human Cloning Research
  • Ethics of Human Cloning Research
  • Animal Cloning Research
  • Human/Animal Chimeras
  • Biology of Human Genetic Engineering
  • Ethics of Human Genetic Engineering
  • Nanotechnology and Medicine
  • Ethics of Nanomedicine
  • Brain, Mind and Person
  • Customized Drugs: Pharmacogenomics
  • Genetic Testing and Screening Technology
  • Ethics of Genetic Testing and Screening
  • Genetic Discrimination
  • Genetics and Race
  • Large Population Studies and Databases
  • Looking Ahead

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