“Precision medicine” and “personalized medicine” are emerging medical models that promise to customize disease prevention and treatment based on individual variability in DNA and the molecular products of genes. In contrast, “social medicine” seeks to understand how social and economic conditions impact health and disease and to consider how environment might be shaped to improve the health of large groups of individuals. Many have pitted these approaches against each other, debating scientific perspective, productivity, and resource allocation. But are they necessarily antithetical? Recent developments in epigenetics—the study of external factors that switch genes on and off—suggest there is room for both paths and that the most fruitful work may occur at the intersection of these perspectives.
Professors Linn Getz, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Bruce McEwen, of the Rockefeller University, will present their work considering these issues.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 5 p.m.
Part of the DNA lecture series. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic, “The Past, Present, and Future of DNA,” took place on Friday, October 2, 2015.