How Will the Progress in Genetics Change our Lives?
Rapid changes in genetics promise to revolutionize many aspects of our lives ranging from the food we eat to our health care and even our own image of humanity. Genetic manipulation of foods is already widely used, specific genetic engineering of food has the potential to improve nutritional properties of foods. In the area of health care, completion of the human genome sequence provides the raw material for better diagnosis of diseases. The ability to manipulate cells at the genetic level will provide previously unimagined therapeutic approaches. Analysis of the geographical and racial distribution of genes will likely have a huge impact on our view of the history of humanity. How these genetics-based changes will affect our lives will be considered.
Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University