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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2008

August 9 – August 25 2008


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Body Shopping


Wednesday 13 August, 7.00pm - 8.15pm. Highland Park Spiegeltent
£9.00 (£7.00)


Supported by the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum and the ESRC Innogen Centre


Private umbilical cord blood banks; women trafficked for their eggs; cells, tissues and organs sought by the burgeoning biotechnology industry: who actually owns our bodies, who profits from them and what are the moral arguments about ownership?


Come and discuss the pros and cons with distinguished professor of medical ethics Donna Dickenson, who exposes the growth of body shopping; Professor Graeme Laurie, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh; and Professor James Ironside, Deputy Chair of the Human Tissue Authority and Professor of Clinical Neuropathology at the University of Edinburgh. Chaired by Professor Steve Yearley, Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum.


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The Book of Life


Saturday 16 August, 7.00pm - 8.15pm. Highland Park Spiegeltent
£9.00 (£7.00)


Supported by the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum


The mapping of the human genome is one of the most important scientific achievements of recent years. Scottish poet Gillian Ferguson spent four years producing her own literary celebration of this monumental achievement: The Human Genome: Poems on the Book of Life.


Join her, and the rest of our distinguished panel, to discuss the relationship between science and art. Professor Susan Lindee, from the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert on the cultural meanings of DNA. Professor Grahame Bulfield is a leading molecular geneticist and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Chaired by Dr Steve Sturdy, Deputy Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum.


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Electronic Genetic Profiling


Thursday 21 August, 8.00pm. RBS Corner Theatre
£9.00 (£7.00)


Supported by the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum


Do you think your genes define you? What implications would there be if your DNA profile was merged with your medical history and personal information and then stored on a computer chip? How could this benefit doctors and scientists? Is our privacy or even our security at risk?


Join a panel including the Scottish Youth Parliament and Dr Claudia Pagliari, Convenor of the eHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group, for an engaging, complex debate.

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