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Human Genomes, Human Rights: Research and Applications to Ensure the Dignity and Equality of All Human Beings

Speaker Jennifer K. Wagner, JD, PhD Formerly of Center for Integration of Genetic and Healthcare Technologies University of Pennsylvania
Date: 5/13/2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: 612 Institute for Genomic Biology
Event Contact: Melissa McKillip
(217) 333-4619
Cost: free
Sponsor: Institute for Genomic Biology, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 20th anniversary of our nation’s ratification of the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Yet it is apparent that all members of the human family are not treated as equals under the law in the United States. This lecture will discuss individual rights to access personal genomic information; the limitations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; perceptions of ancestry and racial disparities in medical and legal contexts; DNA applications in immigration; and the use of genetic technologies to stop human trafficking.

The talk will be held in 612 IGB, located in the lower level of the Gatehouse next to the Array Cafe.