All Creatures Great and Small: Discerning the Limits of Genetic Modification

CRISPR Final poster

Featuring Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP, Professor, Providence College; Dr. John Berkman, Professor, Regis College; Dr. Jessica Hellman, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota.

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM



Free and open to the public.


Woulfe Alumni Hall

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

With recent advances in our ability to modify the genetic composition of animal species (for example, CRISPR Cas-9 technology) science has dramatically increased our ability to intervene in the natural order of creatures and their environment. What are the limits to such technologies, and what might be the virtues necessary for developing a protocol guiding its prudent application? Join us for an opportunity to discuss this complex and vital issue. Speakers will include Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., author of "Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics," Dr. Jessica Hellmann, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. John Berkman, professor of moral theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto.


Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP


Dr. Jessica Hellmann, Ph. D.


 Dr. John Berkman, Ph. D


This event is co-sponsored by the Anselm House and University of St. Thomas Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

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