Where there is threat, is there possibility? If so, how do we harness it?

Nature recently released a news feature titled: The promise and peril of the new science of social genomics

A very well-written piece, in which I make a small appearance. Maya Sabatello is quoted in the piece speaking on something I truly align with:

 “One of the main concerns is not so much the study of genomics, but how are we going to use it,” says Maya Sabatello, a bioethicist at Columbia University in New York City. “Who’s going to benefit? Who’s not going to benefit? We live in a very unequal society and this is a major challenge.”

These are vital questions that call for critical thinking and help from the bioethics community. I hope those researching in the emerging field of social genomics begin to more seriously and systematically utilize the expertise and analytical framework of the bioethics/ELSI community. For those who don’t know, ELSI stands for Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications.

Hope you find the piece informative!

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