Bioethicist to Discuss Genetic Enhancement, Reproduction

April 14, 1998

Dr. Glenn McGee, an internationally recognized consultant on cloning and assisted suicide, will speak on the ethics of human genetic enhancement and 21st century reproduction on Friday at Baylor University.

McGee was recently selected by the United Kingdom to receive a Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship which will be used to develop relevant public policy on new reproductive techniques including, cloning, nuclear transfer, sperm injection and in-vitro fertilization. The fellowship is the most distinguished award given by the United Kingdom.

McGee will speak on the subject "Ethical Issues in Genetic Enhancement" at noon in Room 126 of the Sid Richardson Science Building. He will speak on "Ethical Issues in Twenty-First Century Reproduction" at 7 p.m. in Kayser Auditorium.

McGee serves as the senior faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He also serves as a bioethics consultant for MSNBC News. ABC, CNN and National Public Radio are among the international news sources that feature his commentary on bioethical issues.

He currently serves as founding director of the Worldwide Internet Bioethics Project and as senior editor of the Breaking Bioethics section of Cambridge Quarterly in Healthcare Ethics. In 1997, McGee wrote The Perfect Baby: A Pragmatic Approach to Genetics in 1997 and The Human Cloning Debate in 1998. Future publications include Pragmatic Bioethics and In An Active Voice.

McGee has presented more than 100 endowed lectures at 40 universities in Israel, Brazil, Japan, Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S. He is a Baylor graduate and son of Baylor ethicist Dr. Dan McGee.

The 7 p.m. talk will occur during the biology department's annual awards banquet and Davidson Lecture.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

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