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Gene therapy as an evolutionary and medical opportunity

“Gene therapy quo vadis?” was the motto of the last Science Nights event of 2014, which took place on December 2 in the Casino Theater in Zug. A question that could not be conclusively settled in view of the complexity of the subject matter and the research work that still has to be done. But for this the 150 guests received invaluable insights and ideas from not a philosophical and a medical point of view on a subject that will move more than just the world of medicine in the years to come. Janine Reichenbach, assistant professor of pediatric immunology specializing in gene therapy, thus argued the case for targeted medical research on and application of gene therapy while keeping a close eye on moral and ethical standards. The philosopher and cultural scientist Peter Sloterdjik endeavored to put the discussion in the historical context of culturally and religiously motivated conflicts of knowledge.

 

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