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NHMU Lecture Series 2014: Pushing the Boundaries of Life
"The Future of Genomic Medicine: From Pre-Womb to Tomb"
Lecture by Dr. Eric Topol
New research on the genetic variants associated with a wide range of chronic diseases, as well as those that impart good health, will allow physicians to decipher the information in our individual genomes and replace the status-quo of one-size-fits-all-medicine with individualized health care. Utilizing this information and a host of new digital technologies, doctors will be able to identify our risk of disease and tailor treatments to our individual genomic signatures.
Listen to Dr. Topol's lecture for an exploration of the research and technological frontiers that will one day make individualized medicine routine clinical practice and change every facet of medicine from pre-womb to tomb.
"Frankenstein's Cat: Genetic Engineering, Ethics, and Biotech's Brave New Beasts"
Lecture by Emily Anthes
Biotechnology has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life and the power to modify animals in profound new ways. Scientists have already created all sorts of new creatures, including glow-in-the-dark dogs, cloned cats, flu-free chickens, and super-smart mice.
In Anthes' lecture, she takes you on a journey from petri dish to pet store as she explores how and why scientists are re-engineering animals and the ethical implications of our new scientific superpowers.
"Exploring Your Genome: How Much Would You Like to Know?"
Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Botkin
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.
Join Dr. Jeffrey Botkin for an interactive exploration of ethical, legal, and social questions surrounding the new field of genomic medicine.
"Life at the Speed of Light"
Lecture by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
*Lecture not available.