A new book by Executive Director of Research Infrastructure Joshua Z. Rappoport explores the social, ethical, and economic impacts of modern genetics, where cutting-edge technologies have provided unprecedented access to personal genetic information. Mapping Humanity: How Modern Genetics Is Changing Criminal Justice, Personalized Medicine, and Our Identities (BenBella Books, 2020) is a guide for readers looking to understand the potential risks and benefits of genetic information technologies and genetic engineering. Topics covered include personal genetic testing products, such as 23andMe, DNA’s impact on the criminal justice system, Genetically Modified Organisms, genome editing, and gene therapy. Rappoport, who joined Boston College in 2019, earned a Ph.D. from the Program in Mechanisms of Disease and Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences of New York University.
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