Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Ethics, Policy, and Law
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Date and Time
Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing lets people access their own genetic information, without having to go to the doctor. This information can relate to traits ranging from earwax type to breast cancer susceptibility. 23andMe is the largest company to offer this service. For genetic information about health-related traits, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently barred sale of the tests on the grounds that they have not been established as clinically useful. The FDA expressed concern that consumers might make inappropriate medical decisions based on the test results. Should the FDA have forbidden the sale of DTC genetic testing for health? What trials or safeguards should 23andMe adopt before resuming operations? Do people have a right to their own genetic health information?
- 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Interactive educational exhibitions and reception with light food and drink
- 4:30 to 6 p.m.: Panel discussion
- Mark Ankcorn, JD, Attorney at Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield
- Brittany Burnett, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor at Sharp Memorial
- Cary Gunn, PhD, President, CEO and Founder of Genalyte
- Gary Jones, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego
- Adam Haberman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of San Diego (Moderator)
There is no charge to attend, but advance online registration is requested.
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Mark Ankcorn, JD, is the lead plaintiffs' counsel in national class actions against some of the world's largest financial services corporations and product manufacturers, with more than $75 million in relief for consumers in 2013 alone. A former prosecutor, he has extensive experience with bankruptcy and consumer protection law, including financial fraud and complex business disputes, and has been lead counsel in nearly 100 bench and jury trials – as well as the primary attorney on appeal in more than three dozen cases. In addition to his legal career, Ankcorn is an ordained rabbi who led congregations in New York City and Florida for more than five years and has written and taught extensively on business ethics and privacy.
Brittany Burnett has been a genetic counselor for 12 years, with a subspecialty in hereditary cancers. She has undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology from Duke University, and a master of science degree with distinction in genetic counseling from California State University, Northridge. She has worked in the past for two public hospitals, one genetics laboratory and two research studies, and for the past five years she has been the lead cancer genetic counselor for Sharp Healthcare. She has been a genetic test consumer during pregnancy with her three kids and following her mother's bilateral breast cancer diagnosis.
Cary Gunn, PhD, is the President, CEO and a founder of Genalyte. Gunn currently holds 81 issued US patents, with many more in process. In 2003 he was recognized by MIT Technology Review as a Top Young Innovator, and in 2008 he received the Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb medal and the Berthold-Leibinger Foundation Innovation Prize. Gunn also co-founded Luxtera, where he was responsible for technology development and served as CTO until 2007. He received his PhD from Caltech in Electrical Engineering. Prior to Caltech, Gunn was an officer in the US Air Force, responsible for launching GPS satellites, and is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy.
Gary E. Jones, PhD, has been a member of the Philosophy Department at USD since 1981. He has taught a variety of courses over the years relating to ethics and health care, including Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Ethical Issues in Genetics, and Disparities in Health Care. His main area of research is health care policy, with an emphasis on the problem of the medically uninsured. In addition to his scholarly activities, Gary is an attorney and practices medical law on a part time basis.
- USD School of Law
- USD College of Arts and Sciences
- USD Center for Educational Excellence
Driving Directions and Parking Information
From the North (Los Angeles, La Jolla)
Use I-5 (South), exit at Sea World Drive and Tecolote Road. Turn Left on Tecolote Road. Right on Morena Blvd. Left on Napa Street to Linda Vista Road. Make a left at the 1st stoplight on Linda Vista Road onto Marian Way, USD's West Entrance. Stop at the entry kiosk to obtain a complimentary visitor parking permit. The kiosk attendant will direct you to the West Parking Structure. Mother Rosalie Hill Hall is the first building up the hill on your left.
From the South (Downtown, Convention Center)
Use I-5 (North) to I-8 (East) and exit at the first exit, Morena Blvd. Follow Morena Blvd, and bear right onto Linda Vista Road. Make a left at the 1st stoplight on Linda Vista Road onto Marian Way, USD's West Entrance. Stop at the entry kiosk to obtain a complimentary visitor parking permit. The kiosk attendant will direct you to the West Parking Structure. Mother Rosalie Hill Hall is the first building up the hill on your left.
From the East
Use I-8 (West), exit at Morena Blvd. Bear right onto Linda Vista Road. Make a left at the 2nd stoplight on Linda Vista Road onto Marian Way, USD's West Entrance. Stop at the entry kiosk to obtain a complimentary visitor parking permit. The kiosk attendant will direct you to the West Parking Structure. Mother Rosalie Hill Hall is the first building up the hill on your left.