Mercyhurst ethics institute focuses on challenges of genetic science

A noted expert in both law and bioethics will discuss the legal and ethical challenges posed by advances in genetic science in a lecture titled “Can Humans Survive Evolutionary Engineering?” on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Mercyhurst College.

The talk by Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D., is sponsored by Mercyhurst’s Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society. Free and open to the public, it begins at 4:15 p.m. in the college’s Mercy Heritage Room.

Mehlman is Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1975, and a B.A. from Reed College in 1970.
Before entering law school, Mehlman was a Rhodes Scholar, earning a second bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in 1972. After law school, he practiced with the Washington,D.C., firm of Arnold & Porter, where he specialized in federal regulation of medical technology. He joined the faculty at Case Western in 1984, and has directed its Law-Medicine Center since 1986.

Mehlman is the co-author of Access to the Genome: The Challenge to Equality; co-editor, with Tom Murray, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology; co-author of Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy, the first casebook on genetics and law, now in its second edition; and author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society, published in 2003 by the Indiana University Press. Most recently, he authored The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement, published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

For more information about Mehlman’s presentation at Mercyhurst, contact Dr. Kevin Sullivan at 824-2457.
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