Knowing Your Genome: Proceed with Caution

Date: April 29, 2009

Legislative Office Building
Room 711-A

Albany, NY 12247


Rapid advances in science have led to the identification of a growing number of genes implicated in diseases that are of public health concern – diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These findings hold great promise that could lead to better identification, prevention and treatment. However, the relative ease with which genetic tests can enter the marketplace and be accessed directly by consumers, and gaps in oversight to ensure consumer safety, have led some to warn that consumers should beware. This presentation will discuss some of the exciting findings – as well as some of the challenges.

Joan A. Scott, MS, CGC
Deputy Director, Genetics and Public Policy Center
Johns Hopkins University

Program will begin at 9:30am and last until about 11:00am with time for questions and various comments following Ms. Scott’s remarks.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Genetics & Public Policy Center Web site or visit the Genetics and Public Policy Centeron

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