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Promises and Perils – the brave new world of genetic sequencing

Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Science

Genetic sequencing may someday lead to miracle cures. But it is also the ultimate invasion of privacy. What can your genes tell you, who can see them, and do you really want to know? Tonight, May 30, 2013, on the Perpetual Notion Machine we explore “Promises and Perils – the brave new world of genetic sequencing.” Sixty years ago James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled the structure of DNA – the double helix. The first full genetic sequence, or genome, of a little bacteria was done in 1977. In 2000, a “rough draft” of the human genome – with its 25,000 genes – was published. Ten years ago, in 2003 the job was done. Today we can look at DNA …. more »

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