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Center for Study of Science, Religion to Host Symposium on Testing for Genetic Diseases in the Jewish Community, February 16

The Center for the Study of Science and Religion and The Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists present an all-day event, entitled "Why is This Gene Different from All Other Genes? Testing for Genetic Diseases in the Jewish Community: Medical, Religious, Legal, and Personal Issues." The symposium will feature lectures and discussions by experts in medicine, science, ethics, philosophy and religion, including: Dr. Yuri Verlinsky, director of the Reproductive Genetics Institute in Chicago; Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler and Dr. Fred Rosner, world-renowned authorities on issues in Jewish medical ethics, and Robert Pollack, professor of biology at Columbia.

The symposium will be held on Sunday, February 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., in the Kraft Hillel Center (606 West 115th Street).

Designed for a wide audience of medical professionals, rabbis and interested laypeople, the symposium will take an interdisciplinary approach to the social, legal and ethical issues through case presentations. Topics to be discussed will include pre-implantation and pre-natal genetic diagnosis; advising patients, clients and congregants on testing for genetic markers, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2; personal and social issues raised by genetic testing; public policy and confidentiality, and applying the Jewish community's experience to society at large.

The conference will examine, in depth, the public policy issues related to genetic confidentiality. The case of Hadassah's work on behalf of federal legislation will be presented by Hadassah's Director of American Affairs/ Domestic Policy, Shelley Klein.

The symposium's Web siteincludes preparatory articles and links, as well as follow-up information and resources.

The event is free with advance registration (available online). For additional information, please contact Miryam Rosental at 212/840-1166.

Published: Feb 13, 2003
Last modified: Feb 13, 2003

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