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CAS9 explores the ethics of genetic manipulation

Photo of two characters on the set of CAS9


Genetic science will soon allow us to eradicate diseases and congenital conditions. But should we use this capability on humans? What genes, if any, should be erased from the human race?

CAS9, which opens on Friday, November 11, on-stage at the Robinson Memorial Theatre, tells the story of a fictional McMaster lab director who is impatient with current legal restrictions that forbid using readily available technologies to modify the human genome to eliminate congenital conditions. Her convictions are challenged when a deaf friend asks for help to ensure that her baby will be born deaf.