DC area seminar: Promise & Perils of Genetic Information
Telecom Sys. Policy
instctsp at seas.gwu.edu
Thu Dec 21 00:47:51 EST 1995
"Third Fridays" Seminar - January 19, 1996
"Technology and Heath Care: Visions for the 21st Century"
Institute for Computer & Telecommunications Systems Policy
Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine
Institute for Medical Imaging and Image Analysis
Supported in part by
The George Washington University in celebration of the 175th Anniversary.
Other support provided by Picker International and Elscint, Inc.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Refreshments served after the lecture.
Friday, January 19, 1996
Room 410-415 Marvin Center
21st & H St. NW, Washington, DC
THE PROMISE AND PERILS OF GENETIC INFORMATION
Speaker: Philip R. Reilly, M.D., J.D.
Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, Inc., Waltham, Mass.
Discussant: Benjamin W. Moulton, J.D.
General Counsel to The George Washington University Medical Center
Deputy General Counsel to The George Washington University
The Human Genome Project, approaching the midpoint of its fifteen year
quest to sequence 100,000 genes, two sets of which are needed for human
development, will soon have a major impact on medicine. Prenatal testing,
carrier testing, newborn screening, predictive testing, disease monitoring
and therapeutic choices based on genetic profiles are or soon will be
routine. Gene therapy is in its infancy, but early work suggests that DNA
based drugs will be a reality.
The acquisition and analysis of vast quantities of genetic information are
forcing us to re-examine long and closely held assumptions about the right
to privacy. Who should have access to genetic information? For what
purposes may it be used? How will genetic information affect our notion
of human equality? What must we do to realize the promise and avert the
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