We are in the midst of a scientific revolution. Advances in genetic mapping, testing and engineering are making it possible for doctors to determine a person's risk for certain illnesses later in life, to make prenatal predictions concerning a child's health, and even -- maybe someday -- for parents conceiving a child to manipulate some of the traits that they desire in their offspring. These opportunities are coming at a dizzying speed and they are raising perplexing, often excruciating questions that every member of society -- parents, medical professionals, legislators, researchers, and journalists -- may have to confront.
Three timely and provocative programs in the PBS series Our Genes / Our Choices, engage viewers in a critically needed dialogue about the implications of this rapidly advancing field. The three programs in the series tackle personal, social, legal and ethical issues surrounding the development of genetic science.
Funders: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the United States Department of Energy Office of Science and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation