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Hands Off My Genes: The ethics and implications of personal genome sequencing

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Continuing our lecture series for 2008, The Triple Helix Cambridge ( presents:

“We used to think that our fate was in our stars. Now we know that, in large measure, our fate is in our genes.” – Francis Crick

In our third event of the term, join our expert speaker panel to discuss the implications of rapid genome sequencing, now commercially available for less than $1000. Even if you are not interested in having all the facts about your predisposition to incurable diseases, others are. Employers and insurance companies would love to get their hands on information about your genes to go along with your application for a job or insurance policy.

Who legally has ownership of your genomic information if you have it sequenced? What are the security issues related to storing the information digitally? Is it even desirable to have complete knowledge about what is lurking in your DNA ?

Join us in an exciting panel debate to get the low down on the legal, social, technological and ethical issues relating to inexpensive genome sequencing. Come ready to challenge our distinguished panel of speakers, chaired by Professor David Summers, which includes:

  • Professor Andrew Read, Professor of Human Genetics, University of Manchester
  • Glyn Moody, technology journalist and author
  • Dr Caroline Wright, Project Manager, PHG Foundation
  • Harald Schmidt, Assistant Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Following a short presentation from each speaker, the floor will be open to you so we invite you to come and express your questions and views!

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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