Splash Biography

NATHANIEL JAFFE, Second Year BC Law Student

Major: Law School

College/Employer: BC

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Prior to BC, I spent 4 years doing biochemical and genetic research on bacteria at Columbia University.

After that, I spent 3 years teaching high school sciences at the Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, NY, and then the Bishop Fenwick School in Peabody, MA.

During law school, I've provided legal services for a biological research non-profit.

After BC Law, I plan to work on the intersection of life sciences and the law.

I have a passion for futurism, genetics, and big scientific questions!

Past Classes

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S2151: Ethics of Genetic Engineering in BC_Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 10, 2022)
Genetic engineering technology is already quite advanced and we commonly alter the genetics of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Genetic engineering in humans has not yet become common, but it will inevitably arise in our lifetimes. What should the limits be? What ethical, legal, and personal considerations should we take into account? This class will briefly introduce you to how genetic engineering technology works, and then we will discuss the countervailing arguments on how genetic engineering should be regulated. Be prepared to discuss. I am interested in learning what you think - not just hearing myself talk. You may find that you leave this class with a different opinion than you had before!

S2101: Ethics of Genetic Engineering in BC Splash Fall 2021 (Nov. 14, 2021)
Should parents be able to select or genetically edit an embryo to eliminate physical defects or diseases? What about a mental illness? How about for cosmetic purposes? It might seem futuristic, but the technology to do these things is already here. Genetic engineering is a maturing technology that is used for agriculture, scientific research, and human health. This class will give you a brief introduction to how genetic engineering and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) work, and why parents may choose to use them. The majority of the class will be devoted to discussing the countervailing medical, ethical, and personal freedom issues involved in genetic selection of human beings. Please be prepared to talk!

S2078: Ethics of Genetic Engineering in BC_Splash BC Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 28, 2021)
Genetic engineering is not science fiction! With CRISPR and related technologies, we can edit the genes of human eggs or embryos. It's already been done with a variety of crops. Scientists are working on the possibility of gene editing in adults, too. Is this wrong? Are humans not meant to mess with nature? Or are the benefits worth it? What are the limits on the use of these technologies in the US, and what should they be? This class will give you the background knowledge to talk intelligently about genetic engineering, and we'll discuss what the arguments are on each side. You might find that your gut reaction to genetic engineering isn't the opinion you leave the class with. Be prepared to share your thoughts! This class will be discussion based.