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photo Banking Our Genes
By Dan Small, Philip Reilly & Jean McEwen
for the Shriver Center for Mental Retardation

Our genes are vast storehouses of information about our physical traits, behavioral characteristics, medical predispositions and psychological tendencies. The study of DNA has opened up exciting new possibilities in forensics and preventive medicine, and resulted in an explosive growth of DNA collection and the storage of DNA information in databanks. Yet, in the absence of effective regulation, there is considerable concern that this information may be misused. This documentary invites viewers to think about the ethical, public policy and privacy issues involved and about how, or indeed if, this new technology can be used responsibly.

33 minutes
© 1995
Purchase $149 VHS
Order No. QA-155
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-155-9

"An excellent overview of the issues facing us in the new genetic era." Best Science Videos, Science Books and Films

Awards & Conference Screenings
Best in Category, Intl. Health & Medical Film Festival
National Health Information Awards

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