2nd Annual Youth Parliament Science Ethics Debate
2nd Annual Youth Parliament Science Ethics Debate

The Bermuda Youth Parliament will convene at the 2nd Annual Bermuda Principles Impact on Splicing Conference on February 22, 2018 from 7 - 8:30 pm.

The basis of the debate is the ethical issues surrounding the use of HeLa cells in scientific research. HeLa cells are unique cells that have been used in medical research since the 1950s. They have led to medical breakthroughs in various areas such as cancer, the polio vaccine, and the study of the AIDS virus. They have even been used in outer space research!

The only issue is that the cells belonged to Henrietta Lacks, a young mother who sadly succumbed to cervical cancer. She did not give consent, nor her family, to the use of her biological material.

Do breakthroughs in medical research override the laws of owners rights?

Come and join us for this tantalizing debate by our talented young parliamentarians.


Early bird tickets must be purchased by February 12th.

Note: There will be a light snacks reception held from  6:15 - 6:45 pm in the Poinciana foyer for ticket holders only.


All proceeds of this event will go towards sponsoring 5 16-18 year olds to travel to South Africa over the summer to conduct science workshops to local school children on genetics. They will learn the complete research process and will conduct authentic research both in Bermuda and South Africa under the supervision of Dr Carika Weldon and Dr Melissa Butler of the Bermuda Principles Foundation Fund.

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