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What our medical past can tell us about our genomic future

by | Mar. 4, 2011, 3:50 PM

Watch video from the March 2 Thinking Out of the Lunchbox event.

Holly Tucker, associate professor, Center for Medicine, Health & Society and associate professor, French & Italian, spoke on “What Our Medical Past Can Tell Us About Our Genomic Future.”

Every era, particularly one deep in “Scientific Revolution” as we now find ourselves, necessarily has to ask some time-worn questions, such as: should a society set limits on its science? If so, at what price? This presentation asks what early cultural fears and resistance to a now commonly accepted practice in modern medicine — blood transfusion — tell us about our own efforts to navigate current clashes between science and society, especially genetic research.

Thinking Out of the Lunchbox is a series of conversations with David Wood, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University.

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