The Plasticity of Human Cells: Synthetic human biology and beyond
Interactive discussion with Drs. George Church and Insoo Hyun
Induced pluripotency is a technology that can reprogram any cell in the human body into an embryonic stem cell-like state. From this reprogrammed state, skin or blood samples from patients, for example, can be easily transformed in the lab into neurons, liver cells, muscle, etc.
This amazing "plasticity" of human cells opens up exciting new possibilities for patient diagnosis and treatment, anti-aging research, organ generation, and more. These possibilities inspire hope for new cures in the future, but many may wonder whether there ought to be ethical limits to how we harness the power of human plasticity.
Drs. Insoo Hyun and George Church will lead the audience through advances in synthetic human biology and help us identify and navigate the ethical issues involved.