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NewsLaw Professor to Discuss Ethical Issues Surrounding of Genetic Research

Dena Davis ‘72, professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will discuss ethical issues surrounding genetic research on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Whittemore Theater.

In “Genetic Research, Creation Stories and Communal Narratives,” Davis will examine how genetic research might affect ethnic groups and other defined populations. Such research brings with it both a host of opportunities and a new constellation of ethical concerns.  Beyond fears of social and economic discrimination, groups must also respond to the possibility that the research may challenge their narratives of ancestry, pilgrimage, and creation. 

Davis is the author of Genetic Dilemmas: New Reproductive Technologies, Parental Choices and Children’s Future. Davis has been a Fulbright Scholar in India and Israel, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Indonesia. She has also been a visiting scholar at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institute of Health and at the Center for the Study of Technology and Law at Arizona State University.

All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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