Genomics, Society and Health

A discussion of modern genomic issues for secondary science Over the past three decades our knowledge about genetics has increased dramatically. New research techniques such as genome-wide association studies and biobanks (which store a huge amount of genetic information) have been developed to help identify the genes that contribute to common and complex diseases.

Chaired by Dr Ralph Levinson from the London Institute of Education, Professors Steve Jones, Jane Worthington, Dian Donnai and John Harris discuss a range of issues that arise from this new research. How will our experience of medicine change? Will drug treatments become personalised? How much will we ever be able to predict about ourselves and our health through knowing our genome?

This expert group also discusses what aspects of genomics should be taught in the classroom, and the challenge of adapting teaching about an area of science that changes so fast.

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