A public forum on Saturday, August 25, focused on the consequences of the Human Genome Project for medicine and society.
August 25, 2001, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
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It is also estimated that several hundred viewers also joined us for our live webcast. (The webcast is also expected to be available for viewing after the forum.)
C-SPAN also taped the forum. See their website for scheduling information.
The UCSC Human Genome Symposium included a scientific workshop and a public forum. A special art exhibit, Genomic Art: Portrait of the 21st Century, was also being held in conjunction with the symposium.
The scientific workshop brought together a small group of eminent scientists to discuss future directions for research on the human genome. Attendance at the workshop was by invitation only, and it was closed to the general public. A similar workshop held at UCSC in May 1985 was the first meeting to focus on sequencing the human genome and served as a stimulus for what later became the Human Genome Project.
At the public forum, international leaders in human genetics and biomedical research discussed research on the human genome and its implications for the future of medicine and society. The forum took place on Saturday, August 25, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was free and open to the public.
Panelists at the forum were Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; Robert Sinsheimer, chancellor emeritus and professor emeritus of biology, UC Santa Cruz; Gene Myers, vice-president of informatics research, Celera Genomics; and Mary-Claire King, professor of Medicine and Genetics, University of Washington
The moderator was Richard Harris, science reporter for National Public Radio. Harris is an alumnus of UCSC (B.A. in biology, with highest honors, 1980).
Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, delivered the keynote address, discussing the status of the Human Genome Project; applications of genomics to the diagnosis and treatment of disease; ethical, legal, and social considerations; and predictions for medicine and society over the next three decades. A moderated discussion with the four panelists and a question-and-answer session open to the public followed.
Many common questions can be answered by reading the Frequently Asked Questions page, which was prepared in advance of the public forum.
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