Friday, April 22, 2011

DNA Ethical Dilemmas

"DNA Ethical Dilemmas" is an interactive online course from the New York Times Knowledge Network.

Taught by Amy Harmon, who won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for her work on this subject, this four-week course will examine the ethical dilemmas posed by the new knowledge being gleaned from genetic technology. Guests will include people who have grappled with these dilemmas, for themselves or their families, and experts who can add perspective to the discussions.

During the first week, Ms. Harmon's live online Q-and-A session will feature the president of the NSGC, Karin Dent, discussing the role of genetic counseling. Katharine Moser, who has Huntington's Disease, will be the featured guest in the second week. In the third week the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer DNA testing will be addressed by Daniel Vorhaus, a lawyer in the field of genomics and the editor of the Genomics Law Report.

The course has self-paced lessons, written by Ms. Harmon, covering four modules of study. All course material can be accessed directly within the online course; even the live sessions are archived for later viewing for those unable to participate during that time slot. To learn more, and to register, go to: