Stem Cells, Cloning, and Genetic Choice in Reproduction

Prof. John A. Robertson, JD

University of Texas School of Law at Austin

Saturday, December 15, 2001 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

William G. Shepard Room, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

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Reproductive technologies to treat infertility and to screen reproductive partners and fetuses for genetic disease are now widely accepted. However, new technologies are pushing the frontier of what is ethically and socially acceptable. Prof. Robertson focused on human cloning and explored the ethical, legal, and social issues that it raises. In the end, the question posed for society is the scope of individual control over his or her reproductive ability in an age of increasing genetic knowledge.

Prof. John A. Robertson

John A. Robertson holds the Vinson & Elkins Chair at the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, he has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. His publications include the book Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies (1994). He currently serves as co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.