Reading group with Ilana Löwy

4 February 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Seminar Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road NB S1, 1st floor today*

Discussion with Dr Ilana Löwy

This reading group focuses on prenatal diagnosis, hereditary conditions and care. Ilana Löwy will present her new book:
Prenatal Diagnosis and Tangled Diagnoses: Prenatal Testing, Women and Risk (The University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Ilana Löwy’s talk will be focused on one aspect of prenatal diagnosis of genetic anomalies. It will present briefly the difference between "hereditary" conditions transmitted in families, and "genetic" conditions produced by new mutation, typically errors in developments of egg and sperm cells, such as abnormal number of chromosomes or missing/ supplementary fragment of a chromosome. New genetic and genomic techniques increased the number of both non -hereditary and hereditary mutations that can be detected before birth, but only the latter produce important dilemmas within families,  that reflect multiple meaning of the concept of "transmission", "rational reproductive decision" and care . Her presentation will discuss such dilemmas.

Readings: 
Ilana Löwy
, 'Chapter Six PND, Reproductive Choices, and Care' in Prenatal Diagnosis and Tangled diagnoses: Prenatal Testing, Women and Risk, (The university of Chicago Press, 2018), pp.182-210.
Diane B. Paul and Ilana Löwy, ‘Opinion: On Objectivity in Prenatal Genetic Care’ in OBM Genetics,  volume 2, issue 2, (2018)

To obtain the readings please contact Caroline Rusterholz cr523@cam.ac.uk


 

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