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The Genealogy of a Gene

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) cordially
invites you to a public lecture celebrating the 10th anniversary of
CELAB in the 25th year of the Central European University


Myles W. Jackson, Ph.D.

Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of the History of Science, NYU-Gallatin;
Professor of History, Department of History, NYU-FAS;
Director of Science and Society, NYU-CAS;
and Professor of the Division of Medical Ethics, NYU-Langone School of Medicine

with the title

The Genealogy of a Gene

In his lecture Myles W. Jackson uses the story of the CCR5 gene to investigate the interrelationships among science, technology, and society. Mapping the varied “genealogy” of CCR5—intellectual property, natural selection, Big and Small Pharma, human diversity studies, personalized medicine, ancestry studies, and race and genomics—Jackson links a myriad of diverse topics. The history of CCR5 from the 1990s to the present offers a vivid illustration of how intellectual property law has changed the conduct and content of scientific knowledge, and the social, political, and ethical implications of such a transformation.

 Lecture is followed by a reception.