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This course will examine the ethical and personal dilemmas posed by new genetic technology and testing. A young woman learns she has a gene that will almost certainly kill her in middle age. How does she act on that knowledge? Another has to negotiate family dynamics to decide about preventive mastectomy, after learning she has a gene that raises her chance of breast cancer. Commercial DNA testing companies offer you slivers of information about yourself, from the frivolous (are you better disposed to be a long distance runner or a sprinter) to the serious (are you at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease?), but do you want this information? What do genes tell us about ourselves, and about our potential children?

PLEASE NOTE: This is a self-paced, online seminar and you will be accessing your seminar through the Epsilen Global Learning System (GLS). Within 72 hours of registration, you will receive an e-mail which will prompt you to set up an account with Epsilen (if you do not already have one) and join the seminar.  It will say Epsilen Course Invitation, emailed to the email address you supply when you register.  If you do not get your invitation, please check your spam filter before writing to knowledge@nytimes.com.  You will have access to the course until 7/31/12.

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