Do we need to know our personal genetic data?
August 21 2009
Highland Park Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh
ESRC Innogen Centre & the ESRC Genomics Forum
It is now nearly ten years since scientists first mapped the human genetic code. At the time it was said to be a breakthrough that would revolutionise our understanding of human nature. In 2009, anyone with a few hundred pounds can get their individual genome scanned. But what difference, if any, does knowing our personal genetic data make? David Ewing Duncan, author of Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health and Our Toxic World, discusses his own experiences of genetic testing.