Inherited Secrets: What do you really want to know about your DNA?

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Advances in science mean that we can now discover a range of potentially life changing facts about our DNA. Would you want to know your chances of getting various diseases in later life? How certain should this information be before you're told? Would this knowledge affect your life choices, or whether you inform your family?

In this FREE event, hosted by Vivienne Parry, three experts will discuss these complex ethical issues. We invite you to join them in exploring how such scientific advances can have immense repercussions for healthcare choices, family relationships and how we choose to live our lives. This event is coordinated by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Mike Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford
  • Prof Anneke Lucassen, Professor of Clinical Genetics, University of Southampton
  • Dr Sarah Wynn, Information Officer, Unique

Booking essential but event is FREE.

Inherited Secrets is part of the 'Secret City Series' hosted by TORCH, as partners of the Being Human Festival. For more information on the other events in this series, please follow the links below:


  •  Humanities Light Night – ‘Oxford Research Unwrapped’ Projection & Light show – Friday 15th November, 18:00-22:00pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. Click here for more information and to book.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see

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