This episode examines recent progress in genetics, including advances in genetic science, practical applications of genomics, and ethical issues raised by genome technology. The guests are Michael Snyder, PhD, Chairman of the Genetics Department and Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University, and Russ Altman, MD, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics and Medicine and former Director of Stanford's Bioengineering Department. Questions addressed include whether the genome contains information for intangible traits such as personality and intelligence as well as physical traits, how understanding a person's genome can help predict their susceptibility to disease, whether it's possible to modify a person's genome to make him less susceptible to disease, and whether altering a genome carries ethical risks. Martin Wasserman hosts.
Divided into 3 shorter segments
Segment 1 New developments in genome science
Segment 2 Practical applications of genomics
Segment 3 Possible ethical issues raised by genetic research