Title: The Ethical and Social Challenges of Emerging Biotechnologies
Abstract: Dean Daley will discuss the history of the public debate over the use of embryonic stem cells, the rise of unproven stem cell-based treatments, and the recent controversy over the use of genome editing for creating designer babies.
George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, is the dean of Harvard Medical School. A world-renowned physicianscientist and educator, his achievements span basic science, translational research and clinical medicine. Daley is at the forefront of stem cell science and cancer biology, and his discoveries have twice been cited in Science’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year. His research paved the way for Gleevec, a “magic bullet” drug for chronic myeloid leukemia; generated stem cell models for more than a dozen human diseases; and advanced our understanding of tissue regeneration and bone marrow transplantation therapies. He has also been a central force in establishing international guidelines for the conduct of stem cell research. Daley earned his AB and MD degrees from Harvard and a PhD in biology from MIT, and has worked as a trainee, fellow and staff physician at several HMS-affiliated hospitals.