Our Genes, Ourselves: What Can Our DNA Tell Us?
April 23, 2014
What can our individual genomes tell us about ourselves? From shedding light on our ancestry to the potential for personalized medicine, what are the risks and rewards of getting your DNA sequenced? This program brings together Spencer Wells, geneticist and director of the Genographic Project from National Geographic; Rebecca Cann, cell and molecular biologist at the University of Hawaii; Dorothy Roberts, professor of law and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Robert Darnell, physician and investigator at Rockefeller University, to discuss the methods, results and implications of mapping our individual genomes.
The panel will be moderated by Museum curator Rob DeSalle, whose research focuses on molecular systematics and genomics.
More about the panelists:
Spencer Wells,Ph.D., is a leading population geneticist and director of National Geographic's Genographic Project.
Rebecca Cann, Ph.D., is a cell and molecular biologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Cann's pioneering discovery of Mitochondrial Eve provided the foundation for understanding modern human population history and evolution.
Dorothy Roberts, Ph.D., is a professor of law and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her acclaimed work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics.
Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D., Heilbrunn Professor and Senior Physician at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Darnell is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and president and scientific director of the New York Genome Center.
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