Past Event

Jamie Metzl: The US-China Rivalry at the Genetic Frontier

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Wed, Nov 12 2014 - 12:00pm

Jamie Metzl, Novelist; Former U.S. Security Official
Bruce Pickering, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Asia Society of Northern California — Moderator

Novelist and Asia expert Jamie Metzl's new novel, Genesis Code, tells of a future genetic arms race between China and the United States. It is fiction – for now – but Metzl, who worked in the Clinton National Security Council and State Department and is the former executive vice president of the Global Asia Society, will discuss how the U.S.-China rivalry, marked by tensions in the South and East China Seas, in cyberspace, outer space and elsewhere, is heating up around the world. With the science of human genetic engineering rapidly advancing, there is a significant possibility that today's science fiction will be tomorrow's reality and that great power interests might soon dictate the course of genetically modified human evolution.