How (And Should) Government Regulate Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis?

Crystal Liu : Political Science/Molecular Cell Biology

Mentor: Professor Robert Kagan, Political Science

The aim of Crystal's project - the culmination of which will constitute her senior honors thesis in political science - is to discuss whether (and more importantly how) preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) should be regulated. Crystal will be traveling to Washington, DC to address whether the objections behind PGD can be practically dealt with through various types of regulation. By attending meetings for the President's Council on Bioethics and analyzing their most recent report, "Reproduction & Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies," Crystal will be assessing the effectiveness of using government advisory committees to address the ethical implications of PGD. Crystal will also be interviewing experts from various backgrounds and disciplines to ask for their thoughts on the interim recommendations presented in the Council's latest report, as well as their thoughts on how to address PGD from a policy-making perspective.