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This debate is videoed for consultation on website and in the CCCB Archive.

Culture and Life

Dialogues on the Impact of Biotechnology


For some time now, progress in the life sciences has been giving rise to very far-reaching social changes and there is some consensus over the supposition that the next technological revolution will come from the domain of biology. With scientific advances, hopes for human life expectancy continue to flourish as new promises and problems are also emerging. Biotechnology has delivered into human hands responsibilities that were once in the hands of the gods and is now confronting us with critical moral, political and economic questions. With the aim of contributing towards a wide-ranging debate on the new biological paradigm, the International Centre for Scientific Debate and the CCCB offer the following cycle of lectures.

Monday 17 October

“From Genome to Body”

Miguel Beato del Rosal, doctor and researcher, director of the Programme of Genetic Regulation at the Barcelona Centre of Genetic Regulation

Jaume Bertranpetit, Professor of Biology at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona
Àngel Puyol, Professor of Moral Philosophy and Politics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Monday, 24 October

“The New Ages of Life”

María Blasco, director of the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO, Madrid)
Inez de Beaufort, Professor of Health Care Ethics at the Erasmus Medical Centre of Rotterdam

Jordi Camí, Professor of Pharmacology at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and director of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park

Monday, 7 November

“The Limits of Progress in Science and Society”

John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics

Pere Puigdomènech, Research Fellow at the Centre Superior d’Investigacions Científiques (Advanced Centre for Scientific Research) and director of the Centre de Recerca en Agrigenòmica (Centre for Research in Agrigenomics) of the CSIC-IRTA-UAB Consortium
Daniel Gamper, lecturer in Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

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