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NIH to Host a Reddit

National Institutes of Health   (NIH)

January 24, 2018

On Monday, January 29, 2018, the National Institutes of Health will hold a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with members of the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program, a part of the Division of Genomics and Society. Program experts are prepared to discuss numerous important topics such as:

·         How do we work with diverse communities to ensure that the benefits of genomics are available fairly across our society?

·         What are the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control and treatment of infectious diseases?

·         What kinds of questions do new technologies like CRISPR-Cas9 raise?

Members of the media and public are invited to ask questions, or follow along with the conversation during the Reddit AMA.

NHGRI's Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program was established in 1990 to complement the advances made by the Human Genome Project. It was designed to bring together experts in the wide-ranging fields of bioethics, law, the humanities, the behavioral and social sciences, and clinical research, to study the potential societal implications of genomics research, such as those that stem from the results of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, or questions that arise from using genomic information in medical care. This program is especially important now as advances in genomics research and the increasing availability of genomic information elevate the need for research on the resultant ethical, legal and social questions.


Lawrence Brody, Ph.D., division director; Joy Boyer, B.A., program director; Dave Kaufman, Ph.D., program director; Nicole Lockhart, Ph.D., program director, all in the NHGRI Division of Genomics and Society.


The AMA will be available at 8 a.m. Eastern on Monday, January 29, 2018 through this link (under "Upcoming AMAs"). Hosts will answer questions from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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A Reddit AMA is an opportunity to ask interesting individuals question about anything and everything. Log in or sign up for a free Reddit account and ask your questions starting at 8 a.m. Eastern by clicking on the published AMA that can be found here (under "Upcoming AMAs").

Learn more about the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program:

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