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Civic Engagement Breakfast: Human Genetic Enhancement Is Imminent: Are You Ready?
Friday, February 11, 2005 - 8:30am to Friday, February 11, 2005 - 11:30am
As panelist Theodore Friedmann writes, "The science will be done no matter what. The question is: How do we get a grip on the implications?"

Forget the days of drug testing. Experts predict that athletes may be able to undetectably alter their genes to enhance performance as soon as the 2008 Olympics. What does genetic enhancement mean for society? For you? Join Portland's own "Geneforum," and these national experts to discuss the science, ethics, and ramifications of one of THE defining social issues of our time. If you could alter your genes to be stronger, would you?


Dr. Friedmann is one of the world's leading authorities on human gene therapy. His Science publication "Gene Therapy for Human Genetic Disease?" is one of the seminal papers on the subject of the future of gene therapy and its potential to make permanent, heritable, genetic modification of human cells.

A silver medalist in rowing at the 1994 Olympics (Los Angeles), Dr. Schneider is the Vice-Chair of the Ethics & Education Committee of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA).

Mehlman is the author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society( 2003)

LISA WEASEL, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Biology, PSU, will moderate the discussion.

A LIGHT BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED, so PLEASE RSVP to CAE at 725-5642. FREE and open to the public.

Jointly SPONSORED BY the Center for Academic Excellence, Geneforum, the Rose Tucker Charitable Trust, the Center for Public Participation & Oregon Public Broadcasting.