Social Implications of Genetic Testing
Jason Fletcher, Ph.D. is a Romnes Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology, Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has studied the intersection of genetics and social sciences for years. A health economist by training, he has worked to integrate genetics and social science over the past decade, culminating in his book with Dalton Conley: The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Tells Us About Ourselves,
For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before.
Jason’s research tackles controversial topics such as genetically personalized education and the future of reproduction in a world where more and more of us are taking advantage of cheap genotyping services like 23andMe to find out what our genes may hold in store for ourselves and our children.
Join us for a conversation about genetic testing and your choices and risks.
Funding is provided by a grant from the Brittingham Fund to the University of Wisconsin-Madision.