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Where are we in terms of human genome technologies, and where should we stop? Come learn about how much your genome can tell you about your past, and how it could be modified in the future.
Genetics and the stories we tell about ourselves.
Simon Gravel (Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University)
The stories we tell about our origins and identities affect how we see each other and how we behave. In the last few years, genetic research has provided affordable new tools to explore the genetic ancestry of individuals and populations. Ads from genetic testing companies even tout information about your identity! I will discuss how current events involving ancestry, identity and forensics play into these stories about ourselves, with a focus on the uses and abuses of genetic testing.
Facts and Fallacies of Human Genome Editing: A Regulatory and Socio-ethical Discussion
Forough Noohi (PhD Candidate, Department of Human Genetics, McGill)
Today, the progress of new scientific approaches, such as human genome editing continues to push ethical and legal boundaries. The controversy surrounding human genome editing technologies and, more specifically, the manipulation of human embryos and the human germline will be the focus of this talk.