Seattle Sequencing Meetup Message Board › Seminar at Seattle Public library on Monday evening
Here's a seminar at Seattle Public library on Monday evening that may be of broad interest to the group
Personalized Genomics: What is it and what will it do for you?
When: November 5, 6:30 PM
Where: Seattle Public Library, Central Branch in the Microsoft Auditorium
Over the past 20 years scientist have been working to decode the DNA sequence of humans (and
other species). Encoded within your DNA lies clues about your ancestral history, your physiology,
your potential to develop a genetic disease, your susceptibility to disease and your potential to pass
genetic diseases and disease susceptibilities onto your offspring. It is now possible to test your
DNA at relatively low cost and to analyze it for many of the characteristics mentioned above. Also,
as more and more conditions are linked to specific DNA traits, the number of traits that can be
accurately inferred from an analysis of your DNA will increase. Today DNA testing is being performed
in a variety of medical and non-medical settings and doctors and patients are already
making decisions based on the results of DNA tests. What does the future of DNA testing hold for
you, your family and society? Come to this interesting and engaging seminar and discussion session
to find out.
John Quackenbush is a Professor of Computational
Biology and Bioinformatics in the Department
of Biostatistics at the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute in the Harvard School of Public Health.
He is the author of more than 200 scienti c publications
and the popular book The Human
Genome: Book of Essential Knowledge. (Imagine!
Ben Wilfond is a board certi ed pediatric pulmonologist,
Professor and Head of the Division of
Bioethics inthe Department of Pediatrics at the
University of Washington and the director of
Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. He
conducts research on ethical and policy issues
related to genetic testing, genetic research, and