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Genetic testing: Truth or Dare?

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The science of human genetics has developed at an incredible pace since the completion of the human genome project at the beginning of the century. We now know the genetic basis for thousands of rare disorders, and enormous progress has been made towards understanding the genetics of common complex disorders such as diabetes and cancer. What affect will these discoveries have on medicine and population health? The new field of consumer genomics – genetic tests available directly to the public via the internet – has recently brought this question into the media spotlight, and raises numerous wider issues about the usefulness of genetic profiling, an individual’s right to privacy and confidentiality, and the potential for discrimination.

An informal introduction will be given by Dr Caroline Wright (PHG Foundation) followed by a discussion and refreshments.

This FREE event is sponsored by the MRC .

Cafe Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to discuss the science that is changing our lives with the people who are making the discoveries. Join us every month, when a different scientist will informally discuss their work and take questions from the floor.

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