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Chief Rabbi Jakobovits memorial lecture: Are Genes our Destiny?

10 November 2006

Professor Michel Revel of the Weizmann Institute of Science and Chairman of the Israel National Bioethics Council, will deliver the annual Chief Rabbi Jakobovits memorial lecture on Tuesday 28 November.

Professor Revel's lecture is entitled 'Are Genes our Destiny?' He will argue that the recently completed human genome project is a reductionist approach to human nature, which has benefits for mankind but which ought not to be viewed as explaining all of human nature to the exclusion of the environment, lifestyle and education.He will also consider the viewpoint of Jewish philosophy, with its emphasis on man's free will and on the moral responsibility that each of us has for his/her actions.

Professor Revel received the Israel Prize in 1999 and the Emet Prize in 2004 for his contributions to medicine and biotechnology.

The Chief Rabbi Jakobovits memorial lecture is held each year by the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies with the Israel Medical Association.

This year the lecture will take place in the Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, starting at 8pm. Entrance is free and all are welcome. For further information, use the link below or contact Sara BenIsaac on +44 (0)20 7679 3520.