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Upcoming Conference: The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge
With the popularity of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, genomic knowledge is assuming a growing role in shaping human life. On the one hand, this knowledge is a gift, offering insights into the genetic drivers of disease and the geographical paths of our ancestors. On the other hand, it is a weight, presenting new obligations, new forms of social classification, and new forms of surveillance. Thus, we are faced with a fundamental question: how can we live well in the face of knowledge that can change the criteria, conditions, and lived experience of life? An upcoming conference will examine these questions.
Registration is open for “The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge: In Search of the Good Biocitizen,” which will take place at Brooklyn Law School on October 4 – 5. It is sponsored by The Hastings Center and Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Health, Science and Public Policy and cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and Columbia Narrative Medicine. To learn more and register, click here.
The conference is a component of the Humanities Research Initiative, a major research program at The Hastings Center to enlarge and deepen its core commitment to humanities-based scholarship in bioethics and to nurture future leaders in this area. The initiative is supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. Hastings Center organizers of the conference are Erik Parens, senior research scholar and head of the Humanities Research Initiative, and Joel Michael Reynolds, the Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities.