CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 20, 1999
Human cloning is subject of April 27 UI symposium
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
"Human Cloning and Genetic Engineering" is the subject of the 1999 Paul D.
Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 6:30
until 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27 in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa
The symposium will include three talks followed by
a panel discussion. According to April Rathe of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering
honors society that is co-sponsoring the event, the symposium will offer the
public an opportunity to participate in the public debate on the technology
and ethics of human cloning and genetic engineering.
The featured speakers, all internationally recognized
experts in their fields, are:
* Randall Prather, associate professor of animal science
at the University of Missouri-Columbia, speaking on the technological process
in his talk, "Development of the Cloning/Nuclear Transfer/Transgenic Technology."
* Mark Eibert, practicing attorney in California, giving
a proponent speech "The Case for Human Cloning."
* Glenn McGee, associate director (education) and assistant
professor of bioethics in the Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania
Health System, following with an opposing speech, "Fabricated Humans: Should
We Create Ourselves?"
Prather's research disciplines include reproduction physiology
and molecular biology and transgenic pigs. He has published several articles
on the cloning process including "Progress in Cloning Mammalian Embryos" and
"Cloning Mammals by Nuclear Transfer." In 1997 he received the Outstanding
Research Award of the American Society of Animal Science-Midwestern Section.
Eibert is nationally known as an advocate for the rights
of infertile people. In addition to appearing in national and international
news media and testifying before Congress on the issue of cloning, he has
written articles about cloning legislation, including, "Clone Wars
The Forces of Government Gather in Fear of Hypothetical Clones" and "Human
Cloning, Infertility and Reproductive Freedom."
McGee's credentials on the subject of bioethics are extensive,
including authorship of books, The Human Cloning Debate, Pragmatic
Bioethics, The Perfect Baby: A Pragmatic Approach to Genetics;
and service as senior editor of the MIT Press "Basic Bioethics Books"
series. He has discussed bioethical issues on CNN and in other national news
media and given more than 100 named lectures around the world. He is on the
editorial boards of several journals in bioethics and medicine
and writes a weekly column for MS-NBC Online. Among his many positions, McGee
is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Ethics at Georgetown
University and an appointee to the new (1999) National Molecular and Clinical
Genetics Advisory Committee.
Following the presentations, the speakers will participate
in an audience interactive panel discussion with two panelists from the University
of Iowa. The panelists are: Robert Olick, associate professor of law and faculty
member in the University of Iowa's Program for Biomedical Ethics and Medical
Humanities; and Amy Sparks, director of the Reproductive Testing and In Vitro
Fertilization Laboratory at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The 1999 symposium is the 30th annual technology symposium.
The event was renamed in 1993 in honor of Paul D. Scholz, who received numerous
awards for his teaching and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years
and as associate dean of engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.
The symposium, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored
by the University of Iowa chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the UI Student Government
Association, and the UI College of Engineering. For more information, visit
the Tau Beta Pi website at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/~tbp
or contact the organization at (319) 335-5764.