Spring 2011 - Genomics Journal Club in Second Life
UT Arlington College of Nursing

The Spring 2011 schedule is now set for the Genomics Journal Club hosted by the University of Texas Arlington College of Nursing Genomics Translational Research Lab

For More information: Dr. Patty Newcomb (pnewcomb@uta.edu) - SL: SandraDee Applewhyte
For Assistance: Sarah Jones (sjones@uta.edu) - SL: Razitra Artizar (call me Raz)

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Meeting schedule and agendas:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

2:30-3:30 pm SLT/PST (4:30-5:30 pm CST) - Find for your time zone

Conference Room 1 on UTArlington I (UTArlington I 89, 55, 27) - Click here to attend in Second Life

Topic: Nuffield Council on Bioethics 2010 report on the ethics of personalized healthcare, Chapter 9: Personal Genetic Profiling for Disease Susceptibility

Developments in direct-to-consumer genetic testing are advancing rapidly with promises to consumers that complex diseases can be predicted and prevented. The Nuffield council asks,

"What are we to make of this brave new world? Some are entranced by the prospect of encounters with the healthcare system that increasingly take place online and that embrace an ever-expanding array of tests, scans and complex interactive communications systems. Powerful claims about the ability of such developments to transform and indeed extend our lives are made by enthusiastic researchers and companies in the forefront of those changes. But others see those developments in a much less attractive light, as meaning ever-greater medical penetration of everyone’s lives, with new forms of testing and scanning leading either to a medical variant of the Calvinist doctrine of predestination or to more and more health anxiety, or both."

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

2:30-3:30 pm SLT/PST (4:30-5:30 pm CST) - Find for your time zone

Conference Room 1 on UTArlington I (UTArlington I 89, 55, 27) - Click here to attend in Second Life

Topic: "The Mismeasure of the Gene" by Ruth Hubbard, published by Council for Responsible Genetics Gene Myths series

Ruth Hubbard is professor emerita of biology at Harvard Universit. With  Elijah Wald , she wrote , Exploding The Gene Myth: How Genetic Information Is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance Companies, Educators, and Law Enforcers. (Beacon Press) She writes:

"Science is an interpretation of nature and, like other forms of interpretation, fits into the cultural framework of its time.  I shall illustrate this fact by tracing some of the threads that, in the course of the twentieth century have led to the notion that genes determine virtually all physical and social characteristics of human and other animals."

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

2:30-3:30 pm SLT/PDT (4:30-5:30 pm CDT) - Find for your time zone

Conference Room 1 on UTArlington I (UTArlington I 89, 55, 27) - Click here to attend in Second Life

Topic: Alistair Brown’s (2009) “Therapeutic cloning: The ethical road to regulation, Part 1, arguments for and against regulation.” Human Reproduction & Genetic Ethics 15 (2):75-86. Link to article (UTA only)

Alistair Brown’s paper examines the ethics of creating embryos for research by means of cell nuclear replacement. He notes

“Because, theoretically, the embryos created by the process of cell nuclear transfer would be able ultimately to produce viable human offspring if implanted into a woman’s womb, there is a further argument which states that human embryos should be afforded
protection based on their potential to become a full human being. However this argument has come up against strong opposition; some have retorted with the sobering thought that potentially we are all dead but it does not necessarily follow that we treat each other, or that the law treat us, as if this were actually the case.”


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

2:30-3:30 pm SLT/PDT (4:30-5:30 pm CDT) - Find for your time zone

Conference Room 1 on UTArlington I (UTArlington I 189, 55, 27) - Click here to attend in Second Life

Topic: Ingrid Kelley, Senior II student, will be presenting a report of her Honors thesis,  "Correlates of Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha and Fatigue in Women with Breast Cancer."

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 Date To Be Determined

2:30-3:30 pm SLT/PDT (4:30-5:30 pm CDT) - Find for your time zone

Conference Room 1 on UTArlington I (UTArlington I 189, 55, 27) - Click here to attend in Second Life

Topic: "Effect of Direct-to-Consumer Genomewide Profiling to Assess Disease Risk" with Patty Newcomb leading the discussion.



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