Exploring benefits, limitations of genomic sequencing

Given the opportunity, would you take a test to determine your chances of developing cancer or a disease like Alzheimer’s disease? 

Amy McGuire, Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, explores this question and moves beyond hypothetical questions in her TedMed talk. 

“The ability to routinely sequence humans is no longer science fiction,” McGuire notes in her talk.

In the video below McGuire talks about the benefits and unintended consequences of having our genomes sequenced.

Additional Resources

Genome sequencing—is it for everyone? Q&A with Amy McGuire

Should I have my genome sequenced?

Learn more about Baylor’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

 –By Audrey M. Marks

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