A discussion at the Edinburgh International Book Festival introduced by David Ewing Duncan, Director of the Centre for Life Science Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of books including Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Says About His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA) and The Geneticist Who Played Hoops with My DNA: Genius and the Quest to Rewrite Life (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA).
It is now nearly 10 years since scientists first mapped the human genetic code. At the time it was said to be a breakthrough that would revolutionise our understanding of human nature. In 2009, anyone with a few hundred pounds can get their individual genome scanned. But what difference, if any, does knowing our personal genetic data make?