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March 12, 2002
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Symposium Will Address Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing

Moral questions raised by advances in pre-natal genetic testing will be the topic of a symposium called "The Brave New World of Molecular Medicine: Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing," on Sunday, April 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

The program will examine how emerging genetic technologies, medicine, and ethics can come together. Panelists include Debra Birenbaum of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research; Hilary Bok, professor of ethics and moral political theory at Johns Hopkins; Clair A. Francomano, senior investigator at the National Institute on Aging; Gail Geller, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Institute of Genetic Medicine; and Stephen Vicchio, professor of philosophy at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and executive director of the Institute of Public Philosophy in Baltimore. He is also a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Biotechnology Program.

The program is presented by three of the Advanced Academic Programs in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: the master of liberal arts, master of science in biotechnology and post-baccalaureate premedical programs.

A reception will follow the symposium. Students interested in the liberal arts, biotechnology or post-baccalaureate premedical programs may attend an information session from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., when program representatives and alumni will answer questions. To make reservations, call (410) 516-6749 or e-mail arlene@jhu.edu. Information about the academic programs are available online at www.jhu.edu/advanced/ for the master of science in biotechnology and master of liberal arts programs and www.jhu.edu/postbac/ for the post-baccalaureate premedical program.

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