College of Law

Is The World Ready For Lab-Created Embryos?

Is The World Ready For Lab-Created Embryos?

DATE: Thursday, October 20 2022
TIME: 6:00 pm MST
LOCATION: Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public.
1 hour CLE (pending).

Researchers may one day be able to grow human embryos in a lab using a process called in vitro gametogenesis (IVG). IVG may allow couples experiencing infertility, including same-sex couples, to have genetically-related children. It can also provide a reliable supply of stem cells for important research. So far, most of the work has been done in mice. But what are the legal and ethical implications of this technology being used in humans? Will it ever lead to the END OF SEX as a means of reproduction?

Come hear the world’s experts on IVG discuss these and other questions. LABS will be hosting an informal Zoom conversation between Hank Greely and David Cyranoski.

To access the zoom link email Cynthia Lane. You can also use the red registration button above. 



David Cyranoski earned a master’s degree and passed the doctoral exam in the History of Science and the History of Japan at the University of California-Berkeley. From 2000, based first in Japan and then in China, he spent more than 20 years as the Asia-Pacific Correspondent for Nature covering the gamut of biological and physical sciences at the cutting-edge. He joined ASHBi at Kyoto University in 2021. His articles have been at the cutting edge of gene editing and cloning.


Henry T. “Hank” Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University. He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, particularly from genetics, neuroscience, and human stem cell research. He chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and the steering committee of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, and directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. He serves as a member of the NAS Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; the NIGMS Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine’s Neuroscience Forum, and the NIH Multi-Center Working Group on the BRAIN Initiative. Professor Greely graduated from Stanford in 1974 and from Yale Law School in 1977. He served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court. He began teaching at Stanford in 1985.



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