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The Childx conference, a TED-style event happening next week at Stanford, will feature a keynote session by bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Kahn’s longstanding interest in ethical issues around emerging biomedical technologies puts him firmly at the intersection between pediatric medical science and public policy — the theme of this year’s conference. Conference registration is still open.

Advances in gene editing technology are raising challenging ethical questions, particularly for assisted reproductive technology. What issues are at the forefront?

“Opportunities now exist to really control the genetic makeup of our future children.

In the past, we’ve typically said, no mucking at genetic level in ways that create heritable change. No germ line modification. Part of the ease of creating that limit was that it wasn’t technically feasible. Now that it is feasible, is that do-not-cross line worth sticking to?”…

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