In December 2021, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) hosted a historic symposium that addressed the history of eugenics and scientific racism and their complex legacies in the modern health sciences. The symposium illustrated the urgent need for more public discussion on the connection between existing and emerging genetic and genomic screening technologies and the legacies of eugenics.
Join us on Wednesday, May 25, as scholars and scientists answer audience questions and address the complexities surrounding historical and present-day eugenics and scientific racism in the context of existing and developing genetic and genomic screening technologies.
This will include characterizing the historical connections between the eugenics movement and genetic counseling, as well as charting the development of contemporary genetic counseling, reproductive choice and clinically informed decision-making.
Using the context of eugenics and scientific racism, the panelists will also discuss significant societal, ethical and philosophical issues surrounding preimplantation genetic diagnosis, noninvasive prenatal testing, and newborn sequencing and screening.
This event will be presented with live Zoom Closed Captioning. American Sign Language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Britny Kish at email@example.com or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance in order to ensure interpreter availability.