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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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.