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Recent advances in genetic research are raising the possibility of everything from curing diseases to solving crimes to filling in the missing links in one's family tree.

But those advances are have also sparked a heated debate about genes and race. 

That's the focus of a special symposium tonight at the DuSable Museum sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council.

It's part of the Council's year long series Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of the Genetics Revolution.

One of the panelists is Chicago native and New York University scholar Troy Duster.

He's a professor of Sociology and director of the school's Institute for the Production of Knowledge.

In 2003, he published the critically-acclaimed book Backdoor to Eugenics which renewed age old questions about genes and race.

But he says in the early days of the human genome project, race was largely irrelevant.

To make a reservation for tonight's Future Perfect: How Does Race Matter? Genetics and Race panel discussion, call 312.422.5580 or e-mail ihc@prairie.org.

This event will be recorded by Chicago Public Radio as part of Chicago Amplified.

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