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Talking Biopolitics with Nathaniel Comfort and Alexandra Minna Stern

Friday, February 27, 2015
5:00 AM

Nathaniel Comfort and Alexandra Minna Stern, two leading scholars of the history of eugenics and the shifting uses of medical genetics in the United States, will join the Center for Genetics and Society for Talking Biopolitics 2015.

For the first time in a live online conversation, Nathaniel and Alexandra will discuss their research alongside each other, and answer your questions. They will share insights based on their extensive work and thinking about the history and ongoing implications of the quest for “human perfection” in an age of rapidly advancing genetic technologies.

This online discussion is free and open to the public, but registration is required!


Nathaniel’s recent book, The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine, was described by Science as “a beautifully written account of how genes became central to American medicine.”

Alexandra’s recent book, Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America, was lauded by Paul Lombardo, who said, “Stern’s masterful account includes a lucid analysis of incendiary debates involving race, disability, and abortion that have surrounded the field of genetic counseling and deftly navigates the troubled historical waters between genetics and eugenics.”

Join the discussion now at #TalkingBiopolitics!