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Unnatural selection

By Tue, Jun 11, 2013 5:07AM UTC Comments Off Unnatural selection

Genetic science has presented us with one of the most complex ethical dilemmas of our time: what kinds of people should be born. Discussion hinges largely on a technology known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which enables doctors to screen a couple’s embryos to ensure the child has not inherited the genetic predisposition for a serious hereditary disorder such as cystic fibrosis and Tay–Sachs disease or traits such as deafness. PGD is a routine part of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) when one or both parents lives with a genetic disorder or carries its telltale gene, explains bioethicist Associate Professor Robert...

Voices from our time

By Tue, Jun 11, 2013 5:06AM UTC Comments Off Voices from our time

Monash University’s Professor Alistair Thomson envisages instances in the distant future when historians studying our time will immerse themselves in a unique collection of recorded interviews with Australians born between 1930 and 1989. He pictures the intervening years dropping away as each participant tells a life story – about their origins, the people they loved and lost, their faith and the events that changed their world. Professor Thomson leads the Australian Generations Oral History Project, a snapshot of Australian society that will culminate in 300 interviews being archived at the National Library of Australia. The project comprises 50 participants...

SPIRe Seminar Week 8: “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life”

By Tue, Nov 06, 2012 8:15AM UTC Comments Off

SPIRe Seminar Week 8: “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life” byUCDspirePosted onNovember 6, 2012 This week SPIRe, along with the UCD Women’s Studies Centre , are pleased to welcome the Dr. Alan Coffee, of Birkbeck College presenting on “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life.”  Please note the time and venue for this even is Thursday, Nov. 8th from 18:00-20:00 in room L532 of the UCD Belfield Library Building.  All are welcome.AbstractIndependence is a central and recurring theme in Wollstonecraft’s work. Independence should not be understood as an individualistic ideal that is in...

SPIRe Seminar Week 8: “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life”

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SPIRe Seminar Week 8: “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life” byUCDspirePosted onNovember 6, 2012 This week SPIRe, along with the UCD Women’s Studies Centre , are pleased to welcome the Dr. Alan Coffee, of Birkbeck College presenting on “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life.”  Please note the time and venue for this even is Thursday, Nov. 8th from 18:00-20:00 in room L532 of the UCD Belfield Library Building.  All are welcome.AbstractIndependence is a central and recurring theme in Wollstonecraft’s work. Independence should not be understood as an individualistic ideal that is in...

SPIRe Seminar Week 8: “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life”

By Tue, Nov 06, 2012 8:15AM UTC Comments Off

SPIRe Seminar Week 8: “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life” byUCDspirePosted onNovember 6, 2012 This week SPIRe, along with the UCD Women’s Studies Centre , are pleased to welcome the Dr. Alan Coffee, of Birkbeck College presenting on “Freedom as Independence: Wollstonecraft and the Grand Blessing of Life.”  Please note the time and venue for this even is Thursday, Nov. 8th from 18:00-20:00 in room L532 of the UCD Belfield Library Building.  All are welcome.AbstractIndependence is a central and recurring theme in Wollstonecraft’s work. Independence should not be understood as an individualistic ideal that is in...

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