Henry T. Greely Quotes

If we we were to intentionally set out to cause the extinction of a species, we should think about that. I would want there to be some consideration and reflection of a social consensus before we take that step.

 
Context
He was commenting on a proposal many in public health were making of using modern technology, genetic and chemical, to wipe out the mosquito population and thereby eliminate Zika and Malaria, along with other mosquito carried diseases which do terrible damage to humans worldwide. There are some who regard the extinction of a species as a major moral and ethical conundrum. Others worry about the effect on other species if there were no mosquitos. There are many other species, including some birds and fish, that feed on mosquitos and their larvae. The in turn might become endangered or also extinct.
Citations

Quoted in Jerry Adler, "A World Without Mosquitos" Smithsonian Magazine, June 2016

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  • Profession: Law Professor & Ethicist
Biography

Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences; Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; and Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. Henry T. Greely (BA '74) specializes in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research. He frequently serves as an advisor on California, national, and international policy issues. He is chair of California's Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, a member of the Advisory Council of the NIH's National Institute for General Medical Sciences, a member of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law of the National Academies, a member of the Neuroscience Forum of the Institute of Medicine, and served from 2007-2010 as co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Greely chairs the steering committee for the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and directs both the law school's Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. In 2007 Professor Greely was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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