Lunch hour lectures repository Spring 2010
- Beating cigarette addiction – the latest evidence
- Interpreting opera through economic theory
- Deconstruction today
- See no evil...: The (Im)morality of denying genocide
- Genetic testing for heart disease risk: fact or fiction?
- What would an alien look like?
- Wet dreams: making urban water systems sustainable
- Jeremy Bentham and UCL: Corpse and corpus
- Venomous Women: Poison murderesses in nineteenth-century Germany
- Smartcities + eco-warriors
- Energy and climate; clearing the fog
- Love, death and the pursuit of happiness: How evolution invented Hollywood
- The end of Roman Britain: what ended, when and why?
- Do books have a future?
- Sex, drugs, and rock and roll: Who is doing what in England?
- The social brain
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Genetic testing for heart disease risk: fact or fiction?
27 November 2009
Tuesday 2 February
Professor Steve Humphries (UCL Medicine)
With the huge advances in genomics following the completion of the entire human genome sequence, it is now becoming feasible to use genetic information to identify individuals with a predisposition to heart attacks, hypertension, obesity and cancer. However, the emergence of commercial companies offering the DNA testing of saliva samples sent through the post raises many questions of whether such information could cause fatalistic attitudes, or a false sense of reassurance. This lecture will explore the need to address the issues and find efficient, acceptable and cost-effective ways of using genetic information for patient benefit.
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