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Winter Quarter 2019

Thursday January 17th, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)

To GEDMatch a Killer: Law enforcement use of consumer genetic databases

Dr. Sarah Nelson (Public Health Genetics) and Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences) 

Last April, law enforcement apprehended a suspect in the Golden State Killer cold case. This was achieved through the use of an online genetic genealogy database (GEDMatch) to perform familial DNA matching. Subsequently, over a dozen cold cases have been solved using similar approaches. However, the apparent success of familial DNA matching as a law-enforcement tool raises questions about privacy, “ownership” of genetic information, and familial/group consent. Please join us in discussing pros and cons of this new investigative approach, its future implications in the context of a growing consumer genetics market, and possible solutions for moving forward.

Thursday February 21st, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)

Movie Night – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research.
Thursday March 14th, 2019, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)

The CRISPR Baby Controversy
Michael Goldberg (Genome Sciences) and Scott Spencer (Public Health Genetics)
In November 2018, Dr. He Jiankui announced the first human babies born with germline gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9. His research and actions have been met with widespread criticism from the scientific community and beyond. Join us as we discuss the CRISPR baby controversy and similar case studies to unpack the politics, policy, and philosophy surrounding human germline gene editing.
Book Club – On the Origin of Species
Tuesday February 12 – Darwin day! – Chapters 1-4
Tuesday February 26 – Chapters 5-7
Tuesday March 19 – Chapters 8-10
Tuesday April 9 – Chapters 11-14
Tuesday April 16 – conclusion and celebration

Past Events:

A list of our past events and materials can be found in the archive.