Event: Personal GenoME and Medicine: Hype vs Reality?

Wednesday 23 September 2009, 18.00-20.30 at the British Library.

Price – £5 (Booking will open shortly, check link above for booking information). Refreshments will be served.

“A discussion with Alan Ashworth, Fellow of the Royal Society and director of the Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre about the issues surrounding genome technologies and personalised medicine.

We are now living in the post-genomic era, where recent technological advances in high speed sequencing have made the promise of a “personal genome” for everyone a very real possibility within the next decade.

In an age where personal disease-risk information services are so easily commercially available online, a number of issues are raised.

Firstly, are these SNP whole-genome wide analysis based methods raising public expectations before it is entirely clear how much predictive capability they possess?

Secondly these advances not only have an impact on the speed of advances in basic genetic and translational research but also raise issues around the ethics, legal challenges and new mechanisms for regulation around this newly evolved area of personal genomics.”

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