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Genomics: Philosophy, Ethics and Policy

Main Lecturers: Robert Cook-Deegan, Paul E. Griffiths, Jenny Reardon

Sunday July 2, 2017
14:00 Guided Cultural Tour
19:00 Social Gathering
Monday July 3, 2017
Introduction: Identities of the gene
9:00-10:20 Opening ceremony; Introduction (All)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Lecture: Griffiths, "Mendel and molecules"
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Lecture: Griffiths, "The gene in the postgenomic era"
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion
Tuesday July 4, 2017
What is genetic information (A metaphor in search of a referent)
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Griffiths, "What is genetic information?"
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discussion
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Activity: Disciplinary visions: Students meet in groups to discuss the potential and limits of their disciplinary background and interests
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion in plenary with all three faculty about disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and teransdisciplinary research and scholarship; fates of hedgehogs and foxes.
Wednesday July 5, 2017
What is genomics? A story of co-production
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Reardon, "What is genomics? What is co-production?"
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Student presentations
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-17:00 Excursion: Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg
Thursday July 6, 2017
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Reardon, "Can Genomics Be Anti-Racist?"
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Lecture: Race, Genomics and Justice: What is to be Done?"
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Activity: Watch portions of The Gene Hunters, the Journey of Man and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion: Break into small groups and discuss what constitutes justice and the proper constitution of the rights of research subjects in the cases of the HGDP, the Genographic Project and the HeLa cells. Convene to share and discuss answers.
Friday July 7, 2017
The co-evolution of genomics and biotechnology
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Cook-Deegan, "DNA patents"
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Lecture: Cook-Deegan, "The birth of biotechnology (using the case study of erythropoietin)"
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Student presentations
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion: Co-evolution of genomics and biotechnology
Monday July 10, 2017
CRISPR business
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Cook-Deegan, "CRISPR business"
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Activity: student groups. One group to decide who gets patent rights and what they should do with them. Another group decides who should get the Nobel Prize for CRISPR-based genome-editing technology. Student group deliberation.
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Student presentations
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion of Nobel Prize and disposition of intellectual property related to genome-editing: student groups present their findings.
Tuesday July 11, 2017
Genomics and its publics
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Griffiths, "Competing models of the public understanding of genetics"
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Film: tba
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Lecture: "Griffiths, Am I My Genes? -- Genetic essentialist biases in human cognition"
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion
Wednesday July 12, 2017
9:00-10:20 Lecture: Cook-Deegan, "The Myriad case "
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Student presentations
14:00-17:00Free afternoon
Thursday July 13, 2017
9:00-10:20 Activity: The Myriad trial
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discussion: Cook-Deegan, What actually happened? What's happening now?
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Lecture: Reardon, "Beyond Bioethics"
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion of the limits of liberal rights of informed consent and property rights. How do we think about and govern genomics at the limits of liberalism?
Friday July 14, 2017
Where are we? Where are we going? Where do we want to go?
9:00-10:20 Lecture: The Postgenomic World
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Activity: Discussion of where we've been and where we want to go.
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Concluding discussion
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Closing remarks, Friedrich Stadler / Certificates are issued
7:00 p.m. "Heuriger" for Participants and Lecturers

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