Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Fletcher in Sheboygan for social genomics talk

Fletcher in Sheboygan for social genomics talk

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will present Molecular Me: Implications of the Genomics Revolution on Thursday, April 18 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The 90-minute presentation at the Mead Public Library begins at 7 p.m.

Recent scientific advances such as CRISPr genome editing offer tantalizing solutions to disability and disease. But what are the political, societal, and ethical implications of cheap and easy genetic manipulation?

Fletcher, director of UW-Madison's Center for Demography of Health and Aging, will discuss some of the recent major advances in genomics and how statistical methods applied to “big data” in human genetics (often through private companies) offer new avenues for targeted health care interventions as well as patient discrimination.

In 2017, Fletcher and coauthor Dalton Conley, published the Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History & the Future. The book explores the latest discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.

Fletcher’s presentation is part of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters’ Academy Talks series. A reception begins at 6 p.m.