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  • Climbing Up the Slippery Slope: Mandated Genetic Screening on the Island of Cyprus

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Columbia University

    Presented by the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Section

      • Registration Closed

    Some people regard genetic testing and screening as aspects of a brave, new and wonderful world; other people regard the new genetics as a reversion to the horrors of the Nazi past. This lecture will use the history of the mandated genetic screening programs for Beta-thalassemia on the island of Cyprus (initiated in the 1980s) as a case study, exploring the possibility that neither the proponents of nor the objectors to genetic testing and screening have got it quite right.