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Is Genetic Information Different?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Is there something special about your genetic information? Do you worry about keeping it private? Should facts about your genetic makeup and risk for diseases receive more protection than ordinary clinical information?  

On February 6, 2014, two debaters with extensive experience in genetics and genomics took center stage at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center to discuss these issues and answer questions from the audience.  

Hear the viewpoints of Robert C. Green, associate professor of medicine in the division of genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and associate director for research at the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine and Susan M. Wolf, the McKnight presidential professor of law, medicine, and public policy and the Faegre Baker Daniels professor of law at the University of Minnesota. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, moderated the discussion.

What do you think – Is genetic information really different?

 

Videos of the Debate:


Welcome and Opening Remarks, Smithsonian Associates
Ruth Robbins from the Smithsonian Associates greets attendees and sets the stage for this evening's program.



Presentation by Dr. Eric Green, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (moderator)
Dr. Green provides an overview of the basics of genomics and introduces the two debaters, Susan Wolf and Robert Green.



Presentation by Susan Wolf, JD, University of Minnesota
Susan Wolf presents her viewpoints on the ethical and legal issues of genomic testing and research.



Presentation by Dr. Robert Green, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Robert Green presents his viewpoints on the ethical and medical issues of genomic testing and research.



Moderated Debate and Discussion (Part 1)
Moderated by Eric Green, questions from Dr. Green and the audience are raised of both debaters - Susan Wolf and Robert Green.



Moderated Debate and Discussion (Part 2)
Moderated by Eric Green, questions from Dr. Green and the audience are raised of both debaters - Susan Wolf and Robert Green.

 

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Programming is made possible thanks to generous grants and gifts made through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Partnership with the National Museum of Natural History, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health