17. February 2012 21:20
Trying to predict where genetics and genomics will be in twenty years is a bit like filling out your “March Madness” bracket five years in advance. It’s been only 12 years since the first rough draft of the human genome was announced and forecasting a field as fast-moving as genetics is outlandish. Nevertheless, we convinced seventeen experts to do just that.
The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, features predictions for the future of genetics falling all over the map. Quite a few responses raise truly novel possibilities, some particularly valiant in their boldness, and several capitalize on the invitation to take creative license. With Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; from every major newspaper’s go-to bioethicists in Arthur Caplan, Hank Greely and George Annas, to esteemed researchers George Church, James P. Evans and Steven Salzberg; and representatives of the private sector as well as a host of science and policy experts, GeneWatch presents a look at the future of genetics and genomics with an all-star cast.
Try GeneWatch for free online now at www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org.