ISSCR 2020 Public Forum | Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 from 6:00–9:00 pm at the Museum of Science, Boston.
Recommended audience: age 16 and up.

How do you think we should handle the power of genome editing? Would you use gene editing therapy for yourself? For your child? For everyone in society? Why, or why not?  This is a conversation everyone should join.

In this 2-hour forum at the Museum of Science, experts in science, ethics, and health will give short presentations about genome editing. Then, audience members will form small groups to grapple with three different scenarios. A facilitator will guide the discussion so that everyone has a chance to be heard.

Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available in the Museum garage, with validation at the event.

The event is free, but registration is required. Register at

Event moderators

Dr. Robert Truog, Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, is responsible for the Center’s master of bioethics graduate program, required courses in medical ethics, and workshops, seminars, and public forums. As chair of Harvard University’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, he is engaged in the interesting and difficult challenges of defining the ethical parameters of stem cell research and regenerative biology. Dr. Truog practices pediatric intensive care medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Catherine Racowsky, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), is Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. Racowsky has served on ASRM’s Practice Committee, the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Executive Council, the International Taskforce for Stem Cell Research, and several government oversight committees for reproductive medicine.

Dr. Insoo Hyun is Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Faculty Member of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. As a Fulbright Scholar and Hastings Center Fellow, Dr. Hyun's interests include ethical and policy issues in stem cell research and new biotechnologies.

The forum is sponsored by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, in partnership with the International Society for Stem Cell Research. It was developed as part of a project led by the Museum of Science, Boston with funding from the National Science Foundation.