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What Should Savvy Consumers Know About Genetic Testing?

Published June 19, 2019

Genomics Enters the Clinic


Find out what you need to know before getting a genetic test.

Once expensive and inaccessible for most people, genetic testing is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life. This will come as no surprise if you—or someone you know—are interested in genealogy, considering pursuing fertility treatments, or recently received a cancer diagnosis. But how much do you really know about what genetic tests can tell you, and what are the limitations of current technology?

In this video from our recent event: "Genomics Enters the Clinic: What Should Savvy Consumers Know?" an expert panel of scientists, ethicists, and researchers examined these fascinating issues. Moderated by Mildred Z. Solomon of The Hastings Center, the panel featured:

  • Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL (The Hastings Center)
  • Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD (Columbia University)
  • Christopher Mason, PhD (Weill Cornell Medical College)
  • Jonathan Moreno, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Samuel Sternberg, PhD (Columbia University)

Want to learn more about the ethical, regulatory, and scientific issues surrounding health data? Read our eBriefing, Big Data in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges.