Spend the morning immersed in the science fiction, real science, and ethics of cloning in this exploration of Frankenstein’s monster and its implications for life in the 21st century.
Mary Shelley’s science fiction description of Frankenstein manipulating our natural world is nearly reality today. Consider: cloning, genetic engineering, and extension of life or capability through artificial means. First, as context, Susan Marie gives a brief overview of Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, in which it is not the scientific discovery alone, it is the abandonment of the discovery to irresponsible use that turns a creation into a monster. Come ready to grapple with questions and venture opinions on a variety of ethical questions raised as a result of being able to do things today that Mary Shelley presented in the context of fiction. Does a Clone have a soul? Is it ever appropriate to use someone’s body or cells to research without their permission? What if that research cures diseases? What is a scientist’s responsibility toward their inventions? When should science be given free rein in order to discover something new? When does the society have the right or responsibility to step in? What new moral and ethical dilemmas would emerge from the potential of immortality? Susan Marie will moderate a discussion of these and other knotty questions. Explore the boundaries of what is possible today, and the responsibility that comes with that discovery.
Hiram College associate professors, Dr. Erin Lamb, Biomedical Humanities and Dr. Nicolas Hirsch, Biology Department, discuss the different types of cloning, history of cloning science, and ethical concerns will be discussed.