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WN@tL: Molecular Me: Exploring the Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution
February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pmFree
Speaker: Jason Fletcher, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Speaker Bio: Jason Fletcher is a Romnes Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology, Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences as well as the Director of the Center for Demography on Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to UW in 2013, he held appointments at Yale University and Columbia University. Fletcher has published over 100 academic articles and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, William T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation, among others. A health economist by training, he has worked to integrate genetics and social science over the past decade, culminating in his book, The Genome Factor.
Description: The presentation will describe some of the recent major advances in genomics and their implications for policy and society. One focus will be on how statistical methods applied to “big data” in human genetics, often within private companies, offer new avenues for discrimination as well as targeted interventions and how new policies may be needed to address these rapid changes.