Genomics in Society: Facts, Fictions and Cultures: Margaret Lock Keynote – Video

Posted: May 22, 2012 at 7:10 am



21-05-2012 05:09 Keynote 3: Margaret Lock, McGill University Genes as tools for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease A growing panic exists about the approaching "tsunami" of Alzheimer's disease and its potential impact on the global economy. This concern is heightened by a failure to develop drugs to cure AD, despite billions of dollars worth of research. In response to this situation, Alzheimer experts have recently published position pieces involving a move to the prevention of AD that will make use of biomarkers to predict who among us are at risk. Among the several biomarkers for AD being routinely used in research settings is the susceptibility gene, ApoE?4. Following a brief discussion of debates among AD experts about the concept of AD and the entanglement of aging and dementia, this talk will consider the social and ethical impact of biomarker testing, including genetic testing, with the prime objective of developing drugs to prevent AD.

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