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Dauntsey's Welcomes Professor Lord Winston to Deliver Mercers' Lecture

Published Tuesday 1st of March 2016 01:08:06 PM

Sixth Form Pupils from Dauntsey’s with Professor Lord Winston Dauntsey’s has recently welcomed Professor Lord Winston to the School in its last Mercers’ Lecture of the 2015-16 series. He delivered a talk entitled Modifying Humans: Where Does Genetics Stop? Lorna Frankel, an Upper Sixth pupil at Dauntsey’s who attended the lecture and was one of a group of pupils who attended a pre-talk dinner with Professor Lord Winston, reported: “The lecture was an experience unlike any other; a remarkable journey through history and ethics, complete with art history and music, all tied in to genetics, eugenics and genetic modification and, more importantly, demonstrating the errors we have made in the past by overstating our differences rather than emphasising our similarities. “The lecture was preceded by a fascinating discussion, with insights into Professor Lord Winston's career both in medicine and on television. Over dinner, we discussed a range of topics including the ethics of transgenic animals, democracy in the House of Lords and his involvement in the Royal College of Music. He imparted the following wisdom to the Sixth Form: failure is fine and important, and collaboration, not just inspiration or skill, is most important in science.” Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London. He has written more than 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy. He is also Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust – a charity which raised some £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies.
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