Part Two of The Current
Ethics of Revealing the Fetal Genome - Jay Shendure
Researchers at the University of Washington made international headlines last week when they published a paper about an advancement that could allow thousands of genetic diseases and disorders to be detected, prenatally. Even before a baby is completely built, its parents can obtain a copy of its DNA blueprint.
The research raises a host of medical, social and ethical dilemmas. But first, to explain this latest technique in genetic screening, we were joined by Jay Shendure.
He supervised the research team and is associate professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington. He was in Seattle this morning.
Ethics of Revealing the Fetal Genome - Panel
To talk about the social and ethical implications of your research, we were joined by two other guests. David Wright is a professor of history at McGill University and the author of Downs: The History of a Disability. He was in Montreal.
Francoise Baylis is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University. She was in Halifax.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.
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