PLYMOUTH — Author Thomas F. Lee will speak about the ethical implications of the human genome project as part of the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.
Lee, a retired educator and biologist at St. Anselm College, will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Lee is the final speaker in this year's Sidore Lecture series.
Lee says we are living in an exciting era of modern biotechnology that allows us unprecedented control over life forms. He will discuss the rich opportunities and ethical perils this control presents. In his book "The Human Genome Project," Lee moderates the clash between scientific values and the new genetics that has built around the human genome project," according to Publisher's Weekly.
Lee retired from Saint Anselm College in 2002, after 35 years as a professor in the Department of Biology. His areas of interest include microbiology, marine algal development and genetic engineering. He has published and spoken widely on his research on plant tissue culture, cellular polarity and airborne microorganisms.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.
The theme for this year's series is "Whatever Happened to Ethics."
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.