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Do We Need to Know Our Personal Genetic Data?

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Highland Park Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens. Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, UK
21 August 2009 - 7pm-8.15pm

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?

Attendance fees range from £7 to £9. To register, use this online form or contact the Edinburgh International Book Festival at or on +44 (0)845 373 5888.

Further details of this event (.pdf 2.77MB) are available on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

Published by the Progress Educational Trust


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Speakers include

Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

Sandy Starr


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