Identity is shaped by a myriad of factors. To what extent do our perceptions of our genes affect our perceptions of ourselves and others? Can new information from genetic testing challenge long-held notions related to race, gender, sexual orientation, personality, or ethnic identity? How might genetic testing be used to include or exclude people from certain groups?
There is a scientific revolution taking place that has the potential to change American society in profound ways. Advances in genetics hold much promise for combating disease, feeding more people, and generally improving our quality of life. Yet, these new sciences and technologies draw criticism and evoke fears. In the next decade, major decisions about genetics will be made. This town hall meeting begins a robust civic conversation about the ethics and implications of advances in genetic science. Leading authorities in genetic medicine, bioethics, social thought, and the arts engage the audience in an exploration of the issues and the science that are affecting public and private life.
Recorded Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.