Bonnie Rochman - The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—And the Kids We Have — in the Children & Teens Dept.
While genetic tests and interventions offer parents myriad ways to make life easier for their children, they also make parenting more complicated. Rochman, a parent as well as an award-winning former health and medicine columnist for Time magazine, gives a thought-provoking tour of today’s cutting-edge genetic research. Talking to scientists, physicians, legal experts, genetic and spiritual counselors, as well as many parents, Rochman shows the range and limits of genetic technology, outlines the sometimes difficult decisions parents must face, and raises a host of bioethical questions involving selecting for particular traits, using gene therapy to turn off certain genes, and vetting for quality-of-life factors without crossing the line into eugenics.
This event is part of the P&P Parenting Series.