Introduction to Risks and Benefits of Genomic Science

What you’ll learn to do: Discuss the risks and benefits involved in applications of genetic and genomic science

Scientific developments can be used in a lot of different ways that impact our lives. Genetics and genomics both play roles in health and disease.

Genetics helps individuals and families learn about how conditions such as sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis are inherited in families, what screening and testing options are available, and, for some genetic conditions, what treatments are available.

Genomics is helping researchers discover why some people get sick from certain infections, environmental factors, and behaviors, while others do not. For example, there are some people who exercise their whole lives, eat a healthy diet, have regular medical checkups, and die of a heart attack at age 40. There are also people who smoke, never exercise, eat unhealthy foods and live to be 100. Genomics may hold the key to understanding these differences.