With advancements in DNA sequencing technologies, it will soon be possible for every baby born in the UK to have its entire genome screened at birth. When combined with our ever-increasing knowledge of how our genes affect health and disease, this could give a snapshot of each child’s future, as predicted by their DNA.
UK Government consultations have found that the public are broadly supportive of rolling-out whole genome sequencing of newborns across the NHS, but have all the personal, ethical and social consequences been considered? Do the potential benefits outweigh the risks? Would you want to know the chances of your child getting various diseases in later life – even if they couldn’t be treated?
Explore the issues for yourself and add your voice to the debate at this FREE interactive event, chaired by science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry (BBC Radio 4, Panorama and Tomorrow’s World). A panel of experts will unpick the complex issues using real-world case studies. Come armed with your questions, and learn how scientific advances can have immense repercussions for healthcare, family relationships and how we choose to live our lives.
- Professor Mike Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford
- Professor Anneke Lucassen, Director Centre for Personalised Medicine, University of Oxford
- Dr Sarah Wynn, CEO, Unique: a charity for those affected by rare chromosomal and gene disorders.
This event is suitable for young adults upwards and is wheelchair accessible. Free refreshments will be provided. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, including CO2 monitoring.
Venue for in-person event: Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP.
Doors open: 18:45. Main event: 19:00 – 21:00.
Booking for both the in-person and online livestream is essential, via Eventbrite. The deadline for online bookings is 17:00 on Wednesday 17 November.
The event is being organised by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford and the Centre for Personalised Medicine, as part of Being Human: the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Visit the Being Human website for further information about other Being Human events in Oxford and nationwide.