The End of Sex: The Future of Human Reproduction
Wednesday, March 27, 2013   -   4:30 PM
Location:  Chambers Hance Auditorium (CHAM-4121)

Stanford professor Hank Greely, an expert in reproduction ethics and law, will discuss “The End of Sex: The Future of Human Reproduction” on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building on the Davidson College campus. This lecture is part of the Ethics Forum series hosted by the Vann Center for Ethics at Davidson College. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Hank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford University, is the Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences; Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; and Director, Stanford Interdisciplinary Group on Neuroscience and Society.  Professor Greely believes that in 20–40 years, most babies of parents with good health coverage will be conceived through in-vitro fertilization, so that those parents can take advantage of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The problems with IVF that make it unpopular now will be overcome by learning how to turn skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (already possible) and then differentiating those iPSCs into eggs. Greely will discuss the science making those developments possible, the political, economic and social factors that will make them likely, and their ethical implications.   Additional information about Professor Greely is available at


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About the Vann Center for Ethics:

Established through a generous gift from James Vann, Jr. ’50 and Lee Stanton Vann, and dedicated on November 16, 2009, the Center is located in Eumenean Hall at Davidson College. Its strategic vision is to be a catalyst for moral inquiry and imagination, careful analysis and reflection, civil dialogue, and responsible action.


The Vann Center is led by its Director, Dr. David L. Perry, who also serves on the faculty as Professor of Applied Ethics. Ms. Amber MacIntyre is the Center's Program Assistant, and may be contacted for more information at 704-894-2095 or  

Event Type:  Lecture
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