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Francis Collins Interview on Personal Genetics Testing

April 2, 2008, 6:24 AM
Yesterday, on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, Francis Collins appeared with other guests to talk about the science and ethics of personal genetic testing. The show was prompted in part by a front page feature that Rick Weiss wrote on the topic last week at The Washington Post.

Personal Genetic Testing

A growing number of people are turning to personalized genetic testing to learn about possible predisposition to some diseases, inherited behavioral traits, and clues to their family heritage. We'll talk about what these tests can tell us and some of the new questions they raise.
Guests

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute

Beth Peshkin, senior genetics counselor, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center

Linda Avey, co-founder, 23andMe, a personalized genetic testing company

Dr. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Computational Genetics



 

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