Exploring Your Genome: How Much Would You Like to Know?

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"Exploring Your Genome: How Much Would You Like to Know?"
Dr. Jeffrey Botkin, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities

The NHMU Lecture Series 2014, Pushing the Boundaries of Life, explores how the genomics revolution is reshaping our understanding of life and the transformative impact it is projected to have on society. As one of four lectures in the series, join Dr. Jeffrey Botkin for this interactive exploration of ethical, legal, and social questions surrounding the new field of genomic medicine.

Do you have gene variants associated with heart disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s? Advances in genetic technologies will allow us to explore our personal genetic make-up in great detail, understand risks to our health, and provide new opportunities to improve our health. However, interpreting the results of genetic tests and knowing how to act on them remains difficult. Our society also has a dark history of stigma and discrimination from the misunderstanding and misuse of genetic information.

Jeffrey Botkin is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and an Adjunct Professor of Human Genetics. He is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and serves as the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity. His research is focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic technology with a particular emphasis on research ethics, genetic testing for cancer susceptibility, biobanking, newborn screening, and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Botkin is currently Chair of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. He also is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns and Children and was Chair of the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He Chairs the NIH’s Embryonic Stem Cell Working Group and is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center.

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