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Tonight – Body Bits: Ethics of Using Biomaterials

March 20, 2012

Body Bits: Ethics of Using Biomaterials

6:30PM – 8:00PM 20 March 2012

6.30-8pm. Guided tour of the ‘Human Body Trail’ which links Manchester Museum exhibits to the themes of biomaterials, enhancement, genethics, and reproduction, followed by discussion on the ethics of donating biomaterials for medical and scientific use.

As part of the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary celebrations, researchers from Manchester and Edinburgh universities worked with Museum staff to devise a trail linking exhibits in The Manchester Museum to their research themes of biomaterials, enhancement, genethics and reproduction. This event includes a guided tour of part of the ‘Human Body Trail’, including a look behind-the-scenes. This will be followed by discussion – based around the question of whether there is a moral obligation to donate certain kinds of bodily materials (e.g. blood and organs) – and the opportunity to talk to staff and students from the Wellcome Programme on the Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future about their research. Refreshments will be provided part way through, and the event will last around one and half hours.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults

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