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Are your genes your destiny? Genomics and the science of Gattaca

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Join us for a free screening of the science fiction film Gattaca! The film screening will be followed by a spirited discussion between commentators from ethics, science and the creative arts, who will explore how much the film accurately depicted the real-life development of genetic science!

In the twenty years since Gattaca debuted, there have been huge advances in human genetics. While the integration of genetics into the clinic is accelerating; there is also increasing commercial interests in offering DNA testing for health, fitness, and ancestry.

The science fiction film Gattaca explores the consequences of genetic selection and manipulation on society through the eyes of genetically less-than-perfect Vincent (Ethan Hawke) and genetically perfect Irene (Uma Thurman). Revisiting Gattaca on its 20th anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on how the science depicted in the film has developed in real life.

Following the film, our expert commentators from the worlds of ethics, science and the creative arts will start a national conversation about where we are and where we are going.

Admission to the event is free, but bookings are required. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the screening will commence at 6:00 pm.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government - as part of the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme.

This event is presented by the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) at the University of Sydney in partnership with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

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