Science Behind the Headlines: Your Genetic Profile, June 2013
From Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy to increased insurance premiums- genetic profiling is a hot headline. The science is bounding forwards, and it’s becoming cheaper and more accessible. What does this mean for our health and our rights?
The panel discusses the science and process of genetic testing, including the roles of hereditary conditions versus environment, what conditions can be tested, and the accuracy of tests.
Headlines featured in this section include Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, Howard Jacob carrying his entire genetic sequence on his iPhone and the US Supreme Court judgement regarding gene patenting.
Assoc Prof Clara Gaff: Manager of Genomic Medicine at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Prof David Weisbrot: Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Law
Lucy Simmonds: Media Officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.
Hosted by Dr Paul Willis, Director at RiAus .
For more on this event, visit: riaus.org.au/events/science-behind-the-headlines-your-genetic-profile/
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