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URPP Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R

Talk by Prof. Henry T. (Hank) Greely from Stanford University on “Genetics, Stem Cells, and the Future of Human Reproduction”

The “Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R” project of the University of Zurich has the pleasure to invite you to the talk “Genetics, Stem Cells, and the Future of Human Reproduction” by Prof. Henry T. (Hank) Greely from Stanford University.

The talk will take place online on 23 November 2022 from 18.00-19:15 (CET / Swiss time). To receive the Zoom details, please register your attendance using the form below.

In this talk Prof. Greely will discuss ways that the biosciences, particularly genetics and stem cell research, are likely to change, for some people, how they make babies. Genetics will be important in embryo selection and, to some extent, in germ line editing. Stem cell research will be important in making eggs and sperm from somatic cells, such as skin cells, and, in the long run, in producing an “artificial uterus” and full ex vivo pregnancy. Prof. Greely will lay out the science but will focus on the ethical, legal, social, and political implications of these changes.

The talk will be chaired by Prof. Bernhard Rütsche from the University of Lucerne in Switzerland.

Link to the UZH Agenda

About Prof. Greely


Prof. Henry T. (Hank) Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law; Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics; and Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University. He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from the biosciences. He is a founder and a past President of the International Neuroethics Society; chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research; chairs the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Committee of the Earth BioGenome Project; and serves on the NIH BRAIN Initiative’s Multi-Council Working Group while co-chairing the Initiative’s Neuroethics Work Group. He is the author of The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction (Harv. Univ. Press 2016) and CRISPR People: The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans (MIT Press 2021).

Prof. Greely graduated from Stanford in 1974 and Yale Law School in 1977. He clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Potter Stewart, then served in the Departments of Defense and Energy in the Carter Administration. He was a litigator at the Los Angeles law firm of Tuttle & Taylor before joining the Stanford faculty in 1985.

About Prof. Rütsche


Prof. Bernhard Rütsche is Professor of Public Law and Philosophy of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne. His primary research areas include, among others, Public Health Law and Medical Law as well as Bioethics and Medical Ethics. He is the Vice Rector of the University of Lucerne and is also co-founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Law & Health at the University of Lucerne as well as a member of the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics in Switzerland. Prof. Rütsche also serves as the president of the Maturity Commission of the Canton of Lucerne and is a legal consultant of the Law Firm Kaufmann Rüedi Rechtsanwälte, Lucerne. Between 2019 and 2020, Prof. Rütsche was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School in the US and between 2015 and 2019 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lucerne.

Prof. Rütsche obtained his habilitation at the University of Zurich in 2009 with a monograph entitled Rights of the Unborn Child to Life and Integrity and holds a PhD (Dr. iur.) summa cum laude from the University of Berne. His PhD thesis was awarded the Professor Walther Hug Prize for the best doctoral thesis in 2003.



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