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'Saving Sebastian' event launched



'Saviour sibling’ fiction prompts ethical debate.


If your four year old son had a potentially fatal blood disorder, how far would you go to find a cure? Would it be ethically acceptable to create a ‘saviour sibling’ to produce the stem cells he desperately needs, and how trustworthy are the scientists who would undertake such a procedure?

These are some of the issues set out in Saving Sebastian – the latest novel from Hazel McHaffie – to be explored by the author during a public event at Waterstones, George Street, Edinburgh on Tuesday 12 June 2012 at 6.30pm.

At the event, Hazel McHaffie will be in conversation with - Lecturer in Regulation and Risk, University of Edinburgh and Research Fellow, Innogen - as well as discussing with the audience the issues and ethical dilemmas raised in Saving Sebastian.

Speaking in advance of the event , Director, said:

ldquo;As life sciences develop, novel medical approaches to treating disease – including the role of so called ‘saviour siblings’ – are becoming increasingly viable. However, these potentially bring with them significant ethical issues, and also raise questions about how we regulate the practitioners applying such technologies.

We are delighted to be hosting this event - in association with Waterstones - as part of the Genomics Forum’s programme of Social Sessions, which will allow the public to discuss with the author the themes set out in Saving Sebastian.”

Read the full media release: .

This free public event is part of a programme of ESRC Genomics Forum’s Social Sessions. All welcome but spaces are limited.

Please book online at: http://savingsebastian.eventbrite.co.uk

Saving Sebastian is published by Luath Press and is available from all good booksellers, including Waterstones.


Photograph from the cover of Saving Sebastian Book