UCLA offers CASE Media fellowships on genetics, society and the individual

In conjunction with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), UCLA will host a fellowship program to inform journalists about leading experts' positions on the sweeping medical and societal changes brought by the genetics field to society and individuals. The UCLA-CASE Fellowship Program will take place May 1216, 2003.

The program will enable journalists to explore issues related to the establishment of the UCLA Center for Society, the Individual and Genetics. Journalists will meet with scientists who are informing and mediating the debate between society's needs and those of individuals trying to make sense of the information overload resulting from the genetic revolution.

"The UCLA-CASE Fellowship Program is an opportunity for journalists to shape the debate and issues surrounding genetics as research and technology continue to unfold," said Edward R.B. McCabe, the center's director.

The dawn of the 21st century has witnessed the sequencing of the human genome and other organisms, producing a billion-dollar enterprise. The post-genomics era is giving rise to genetic engineering for disease prevention, new insights into aging, development of genetically modified foods and the controversial possibility of human cloning.

"The implications of this genetics revolution are profound," McCabe said. "Now that we have completed the 'Manhattan Project' of biology -- the sequencing of the human genome -- it is important to consider the impact of this technology on society and its members."

Journalists can help shape the study of genetics through discussion and debate of topics such as:

  • The Storefront Genome -- What are the implications of direct-to-consumer marketing of genomic sequencing?

  • Informed Decision-Making for Genetic Testing-- What should you know before getting tested?
  • Balancing Genetic Privacy With Research Progress -- How do we measure the benefits to society ag

  • Contact: Roxanne Moster
    University of California - Los Angeles

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