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Biotechnology and Enhancement Issues to be Featured at CBHD's 17th Annual Bioethics Conference July 15-17

Contact: Joshua M. Carter, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, 847-250-7108, jcarter@cbhd.org  

MEDIA ADVISORY, July 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- A decade into the biotech century, scientific discoveries and technological innovations are transforming the nature of biomedicine and revolutionizing the expectations for biotechnology. A new medicine that moves beyond therapy to enhancement presents both opportunities and perils. Distinguished speakers will probe these possibilities and address the implications for the future of our individual and common humanity at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity's conference, "Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures." The program runs from July 15-17, 2010 at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, USA.

For three days, we will wrestle with some of the toughest questions in bioethics, where boundaries are not neat and tidy. Is the biotechnological revolution erasing our recognition of "patient" and "physician"? Is living longer and better an aspect of health? What is the link between genomic medicine and race? How can we live in faith and with hope in a digitized world?

Topics to be covered include:

● "Embodiment, Biotechnology and Human Dignity" by William B. Hurlbut, MD

● "Physicians, Patients, and Other Endangered Species: Late Modern Medicine and Bioethics" by Brent Waters, DPhil

● "Virtual Paradise? Being Human in a World of Digitized Reality and Artificial Life" by Michael J. Sleasman, PhD

● "Race and the New Biocitizen" by Dorothy Roberts, JD

● "New Medicine and the Pursuit of Superhealth" by William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD

● "Regenerative Medicine" by Maureen Condic, PhD

● "Mommy Mistakes? Bioethics and the Rhetoric of Shame" by Amy Laura Hall, PhD

This conference is intended for healthcare professionals, educators, researchers, and lawyers. Through joint sponsorship with the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, "AMA PRA Category 1 credits tm" for physicians are available. CLE credits are also available.

For more information and to register please visit www.cbhd.org/conference, or contact Jennifer McVey, (847) 317-4095, jmcvey@cbhd.org.

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