The Program in Bioscience and Biotechnology Studies
of The Bancroft Library, The Office for History of Science and Technology
at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Townsend Center
for the Humanities sponsored a panel discussion on the Berkeley campus
on March 14, 2001 that brought together experts to discuss the ethical
and social dimensions of new and emerging genetic technologies.
The discussion moderator, Charles Weiner, is Professor Emeritus
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During spring 2001,
Dr. Weiner was a visiting professor in the Department of Environmental
Sciences, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley offering an undergraduate
course in bioethics and a graduate seminar entitled, "Bioethics and
Diane Beeson is chair of the Department of Sociology and Social
Services at California State University-Hayward. Her current research
focuses on responses to genetic testing among families at risk for
cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease, and family dynamics and
interaction related to responses to genetic testing within "high-risk" families.
Medical geneticist Paul Billings is co-founder of GeneSage and editor-in-chief
of GeneLetter. During spring 2001 he offered a course through the
UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology entitled, "Genomics and Society."
Marcy Darnovsky is research director for the Exploratory Initiative
on the New Human Genetic Technologies and edits Genetic Crossroads,
a monthly newsletter. She teaches courses in the politics of science,
technology, and the environment, including "Biotechnology and the
Public Interest," in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma
version of the transcript of the discussion is now available.