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Personal genetic data, do we need to know?

Public event   14.05.2009






Dr Richard Durbin, Co-Chair of the 1000 Genomes Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton

Dr Barbara Prainsack, Senior Lecturer Medicine, Science & Society, Kings College, London

Prof. Martin Richards, Emeritus Professor of Family Research, University of Cambridge

Chair: Dr Frances Flinter, Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Guy’s Hospital, London & Chair of the HGC working group to develop a common framework of principles for direct genetic tests

Organised by

ESRC Genomics Forum in collaboration with the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT), University of Bielefeld, Germany


Vivien Stewart Room, Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall), Cambridge

Venue map: http://www.newhall.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions/site.html

Event details

It's been nearly 10 years since scientists first mapped out the human genetic code. At the time it was said to be a breakthrough that would revolutionise our understanding of human nature. In 2009, everybody can get his or her individual genome scanned. But what difference, if any, does knowing our personal genetic data make?

Join our distinguished panel of experts to discuss:

  • Why we need to know our personal genetic information?
  • What data is currently available and what does it tell us?
  • What are the risks, benefits and legal implications of providing public access to personal genetic data?
  • What are the consequences of accessing our genetic data through commercial organisations?

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