It’s in your genes: what would you want to know?
20th January 2014
Introduction to talk from the Café Scientifique website:
A saliva sample contains all 20,000 or so genes that every person ahs. It is now technically possible as well as relatively cheap and easy to look through all 20,000 and offer information about your past, present and future health. Genes contain information about when you would have been predisposed to developing your first tooth through to whether you are at risk of developing Alzheimers when you are older. What, if anything, would you want to know? This ‘sequencing’ technology is going to be in the NHS on a large scale from next year and in preperation for this Anna MIddleton is running a social sciences research project that has gathered the attitudes from 7,000 people across 91 different countries on how they feel the testing should be implemented.