Cracking Your Genetic Code
What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA—all six billion chemical letters of it—read, stored and available for analysis? NOVA's Cracking Your Genetic Code reveals that we stand on the verge of such a revolution. But what are the moral dilemmas raised by this new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know the diseases that may lie in our future? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers or prospective mates? One thing is for certain: the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone, and soon you will be choosing whether to join the ranks of the DNA generation.
The media resources below enable educators to present some of the bioethical debates that surround genetic testing.
For additional classroom resources, download media resources and tips to find related resources from NOVA and the Hastings Center, or expert perspectives on gene-based medicine to help clarify your own views about ethical dilemmas.