Joshua Morrison/News Event organizer and director of SPI Spot, Rachel Garcia, stops by a table to garner some feedback during the first session of table conversation during Tuesday’s community discussion of “Editing Our Evolution.” The program, paid for through a grant, explored ethical quandaries posed by gene therapy.

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Event organizer and director of SPI Spot, Rachel Garcia, stops by a table to garner some feedback during the first session of table conversation during Tuesday’s community discussion of “Editing Our Evolution.” The program, paid for through a grant, explored ethical quandaries posed by gene therapy.

MOUNT VERNON — You would not expect a mix of 47 people collected to discuss the ethical implications of gene therapy to produce an enjoyable evening, but it did.

Event organizer Rachel Garcia said the idea was to get scientists and non-scientists together to discuss the ethical implications of a real scientific advance, in this case, the fast-growing field of gene therapy.

The event, “Editing Our Evolution,” was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was one of 24 held across the country.

The group was divided into groups of five or six, who then watched a video bringing them up to date on the subject of gene therapy and the promise it holds for the future.

They were then given several scenarios and in each a possible solution involves gene therapy.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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