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GATTACA CHATTACA: Is Our DNA Our Destiny?

Out of Patients with Matthew Zachary

GATTACA CHATTACA: Is Our DNA Our Destiny?

September 10, 2020

GATTACA CHATTACA: Is Our DNA Our Destiny?

On the show today, DNA Science Superhero Dawn Barry, President and CEO at LUNA, a public benefit corporation that is restoring power to the people by giving them back control of their genomic health information for the greater good? What a novel idea. While we would have loved to spend the entire show debating the virtues of Beyond Meat vs. Impossible Burger, we really dig into to the very nature of how, from the perspective of consumer and cultural adoption, the very conversation about our DNA — and it’s role in shaping our lives — has come so far since Jurassic Park’s Mr. DNA cartoon explainer dude. And yet, the foreboding words of Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm still ring true: “Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” So strap in for an incredible chat about the uselessness of most genetic test kits, genomic bias in the workplace, predictive genetics vs. Orwellian eugenics, the mystique of the proverbial designer baby, and how DNA is not your destiny. More about Dawn on LinkedIn.

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