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If our fate is written in our genes- Do we really want to know?

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The Triple Helix Events presents,

If our fate is written in our genes- Do we really want to know?

Wednesday 10th October, 7.30pm. Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Dept of Chemistry, Lensfield Road (Main entrance of Chemistry)

Free Entry. No Membership Required, Just Enthusaism. Free Refreshments will be provided.

“Get to know your DNA . All it takes is a little bit of spit.” is the claim made by 23andMe, one of several companies providing genetic tests that give an overview of the entire genome.

But how useful is the information that is provided? And what does the availability of direct – to – consumer genome tests mean for our current healthcare system?

What are the ethical implications of knowing your genetic predisposition to cancers, or mental health issues?

Furthermore, given that sequencing technology is advancing at a rapid pace, what can we expect for the near future?

Panel Line-up Dr Peter Campbell (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) Dr Barbara Prainsack (King’s College London) Dr Martin Richards (University of Cambridge) Dr Caroline Wright (PHG Foundation)

Chair: Dr David Summers (University of Cambridge)

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

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