(JAMAICA, NEW YORK) The St. John’s University School of Law will host a panel of pre-eminent attorneys, scientists, and ethicists on February 25th to address legal and ethical issues emerging in new fields of biological research and reproductive technologies.
The Symposium, entitled Engineering Eden: Investigating the Legal &Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Biotechnology, is the twelfth annual event of the ST. JOHNSJOURNAL OF LEGAL COMMENTARY. The Symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2
p.m. at the Law School campus in Queens. A continental breakfast and formal lunch willbe served.
The Symposium will feature remarks by nationally-recognized scholars and authors.  Panelists include: Dr. Joylon Jesty of Stony Brook University, Michael B. Losow, Esq. ofthe Biotechnology Industry Organization, ethicist Rev. Philip Cato, Professor Lawrence Roberge of Goodwin College, author Wesley Smith, and John D. Murnane, President of
the New York Intellectual Property Association. The panel will be moderated by Dr.Diana Bartelt of St. John’s University.
Attendance to the Panel Remarks is free to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Formore information, please contact Nancy Brady, Manager of Special Events, at Tel: (718) 990-1946.





Press Release
(QUEENS, NY)- February 27, 2005- Professor Lawrence Roberge warned that methods to perform human cloning and the rise of artificial womb technologies could allow for a legal bypass to laws banning human cloning. Professor Roberge presented in a talk entitled, Cloning: Scientific, Technological, and Ethical Considerations, that cloning techniques such as using cows eggs for human cloning and splitting human embryos could bypass present bills and legislation to ban human cloning. Furthermore, Professor Roberge warned that artificial womb technology, presently under development, could be used for reproductive human cloning as well as cultivation of human clones for further biomedical experimentation.
The onset of artificial womb technology, Roberge warns, would allow cultivation of clones as long as they develop outside of a human womb. Furthermore, artificial wombs could also be used to justify discrimination against human clones in the future. Since artificial womb technology is presently in development, Roberge thinks human clones maybe used as expendable test subjects for the perfection of this technology.
Professor Roberge’s presentation was part of a day long symposium by the St. John’s University Law School’s Journal of Legal Commentary. (NOTE: a copy of the Symposium’s press release is enclosed). The symposium entitled: Engineering Eden: Investigating the Legal & Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Bioengineering, occurred on Friday, February 25 and brought together selected experts to discuss legal and ethical issues of biotechnology.
Professor Roberge is an associate professor and chair of the science department at Goodwin College (East Hartford, CT). He teaches Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology courses to nursing students. He is a member of the World Future Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Professor Roberge has written and researched on such topics as cloning, reproductive technology, abortion, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
Roberge has been considered by some a visionary in some of his research and writings. In 1996, Professor Roberge warned of the medical health hazards of the abortion drug, RU-486. Roberge has also written on the adverse medical effects of abortion. He is the author of the book, The Cost of Abortion
(Four Winds Press, 1995).
Professor Roberge resides in Ludlow, MA with his wife, Cynthia.
EDITORS NOTE: Contact Professor Roberge at 413-547-8448