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  • GENOMICS AND FAMILY: YOU DECIDE

    If you had the chance, would you get your genome sequenced?

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  • WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    Explore the complex ethical issues surrounding genomics.

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    Darryl Leja, NHGRI

  • SHARING INFORMATION

    Having your genome sequenced is a personal choice that may change the way you think about yourself and your family.

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  • DIFFICULT CHOICES

    Complex medical and social issues arising from genomic technologies affect each of us on some level.

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Genomics & Society

Given the chance, would you have your genome sequenced? Some people leap at the chance, but others prefer not to know the information. As medical testing and direct-to-consumer genomics become more available and affordable, many people are scraping their cheeks for cells and shipping the samples to laboratories to learn more about themselves and their families. Genomic technologies raise many issues involving ethics, social identity, and personal health. Exhibition visitors have opportunities to confront these questions and to explore their views on these issues.