New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: Whole Genome Sequencing in Medicine

by jeeg 26. November 2012 23:38

With whole genome sequencing (WGS) quickly becoming more affordable and accessible, debates are quickly turning to how such next generation technologies will be integrated into clinical care and how and under what circumstances they will benefit patients and the greater public good.



The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, brings together a diverse group of experts to explore the complex challenges facing the growing movement of such technologies from the laboratory to the doctor’s office and how useful the technology is once it arrives there.


This timely issue includes American Medical Association President Dr. Jeremy Lazarus who discusses the concerns faced by doctors and hospitals, and Dr. Joanne Armstrong of the health insurance company Aetna who challenges the assumption that cost is the primary impediment to widespread adoption of new technologies. 


Also featured are Anita Allen of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues who discusses the Commission’s new report on WGS and privacy, with a critical response by Professor Mark Rothstein of the University of Louisville; topical updates on everything from forensic DNA databases in India to California’s vote on genetically modified food; and a special memoriam to former CRG Advisory Board Member and a champion of public interest science, Professor Barry Commoner.


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It is hard to keep up with the rush of information and opinion coming out as the result of the rapid growth in genetic research and technology today. Even without our fully realizing it, genetic technology is entering almost every area of our lives; from the genetically modified foods that we eat, to the biodiversity of our eco-system, from human health and reproductive technologies to the operation of the criminal justice system. The public needs information from a trusted source.


For over 25 years GeneWatch, CRG’s award-winning magazine, has filled this critical role. GeneWatch covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international issues, from genetically engineered foods to biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning. GeneWatch features articles by international experts in the field, interviews of critical figures, profiles of every day individuals impacted by developments in biotechnology and reviews of books and movies.


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Since 1983, the Council for Responsible Genetics has represented the public interest and fostered public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies.  CRG is a leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice, and respect for human rights.



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