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Monday, June 14 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Jewish ethics as a guide to the practice of medicine

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Stems cells are increasingly being used for a variety of medical needs. Their source – from an embryo, or from adult skin – has raised ethical questions for some. Jewish medical ethics hold that either of these sources is acceptable, whereas some Christian ethics oppose the use of embryonic stem cells. In the Jewish community, genetic testing is becoming more and more prevalent, especially before marriage, for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Tay Sach’s disease. If one is carrying an abnormal gene, selection of an unaffected embryo is possible prior to implantation in IVF. If there are no unaffected embryos, would it be permissible to genetically modify the embryo, assuming the technology for this was available? We will explore how Jewish medical ethics approaches these and other questions, and how this may differ from other faiths.

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Bernard Tuch

Dr Bernard Tuch is a consultant endocrinologist and a practising orthodox Jew. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Sydney University and Monash University, and Chairman of the NSW Stem Cell Network. He uses the orthodox Jewish point of medical ethics to help guide him in his medical... Read More →

Monday June 14, 2021 5:15pm - 6:15pm AEST
Room 8
  Text tradition and philosophy