Hospital ethicist to speak

BAR HARBOR—The growing use of genetic testing including at-home genetic tests like 23andMe and Ancestry DNA is raising ethical questions including how should tests be regulated and what kind of validity should be required for tests.

Jessica Miller, Ph.D., an ethics and philosophy professor at the University of Maine and staff clinical ethicist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, will give a talk about the ethics surrounding genetic testing at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

The talk is part of “You: A Novel Gene Story,” a series of talks about personal genomics which is part of the Primary Source series sponsored by the Jesup and The Jackson Laboratory.

Miller specializes in ethics, bioethics and feminist theory. She has published several articles on the theory of trust and distrust as it pertains to her main research fields. She is also an active health care ethics consultant and educator in the community at large. At the University of Maine, she is the chair of the Department of Philosophy and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Interdisciplinary Programs.

The next talk in the series will be on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. with Dr. Jens Reuter, Dr. Carol Bult and Dr. Andrey Antov from the Jackson Laboratory who will be talking about The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI).


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