The latest advances enable us to sequence (‘read’) one’s DNA fast and inexpensively; use DNA information for diagnosis and treatment; predict some future occurrences in our lives; and edit the genome. We will explore recent insights into the human genome and what they mean for the eternal human themes: free will, fate, and chance; prediction; misinterpretation of information; the burden that comes with knowledge of the future; self-fulfilling and self-defeating prophecies; the forces that contribute to similarities and differences among people; roots and lineage; and the judgement of oneself and others. We will examine great benefits introduced by the genetic advances, but also existential, social, ethical, and legal concerns and dilemmas facing us in the genomic era.
In collaboration with Gothenburg’s 400th Anniversary.
Yulia Kovas, Professor of Genetics and Psychology & Director of InLab, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Hälsa och ohälsa
Göteborgs universitet, Humanisten
Renströmsgatan 6, 412 55 Göteborg