A documentary following the journey of 10 healthy volunteers who have agreed to be genetically screened for future disease will be shown at the Gulbenkian on Monday 17 June.
All of the volunteers featured in pioneering documentary Love my Genome currently work in the field of genomics, including world-leading genetic scientist Professor Darren Griffin.
Genetic testing is an increasingly important tool for clinical practitioners investigating the cause, prevention and treatment of disease. By tapping into each person’s unique blueprint researchers can predict the likelihood of each of us inheriting a range of medical conditions including breast cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
As with many great scientific breakthroughs, however, human genome sequencing comes with a cost. The film chronicles the reactions of each person as they contemplate not just their own future but that of their children, spouses, siblings and loved ones. With one couple about to start a family of their own this film explores the ethical, moral and practical challenges that confront them.
Location: The Gulbenkian Cinema. University of Kent, Canterbury Campus.
Date and Time: 12:15pm on Monday 17 June 2019.
Duration: 20 minutes followed by a Q&A with Professor Darren Griffin and contributors.
Attendance: OPEN to everyone. Attendance is free. Please register with Eventbrite here.