Duster’s talk will examine the implications of the dramatic shift in both the political and cultural status of human molecular genetics over the last four decades. Duster will discuss how the discipline has risen to a vanguard position in both funding status and public consciousness — from ancestry tracing to crime scene investigation to direct-to-consumer diagnostics. Moreover, he will argue that in the coming decade there will be a clear fleshing-out of these trends — nowhere more clearly than in the idea of race.
Each fall the Program in Science, Technology, and Society hosts the Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics. Funded by the family of MIT alumnus Arthur Miller ’34, PhD ’38, this lecture provides an opportunity to present issues of science and ethics to the larger MIT community. For further information, contact Bianca Singletary at 3-3452.