Familial Fortunes

An interactive discussion around new advances and ethics of using DNA in healthcare, with a panel of experts and hosted by Vivienne Parry, which took place at Modern Art Oxford on 17 November 2021.

Advances in science mean that we will soon be able to screen every new born baby to discover a range of potentially life changing facts about their DNA. Would you want to know the chances of your child getting various diseases in later life? How certain should this information be before you are told? Would this knowledge affect your life choices, or what you would share with your family?

In this FREE interactive event, hosted by Vivienne Parry, three experts discussed these complex ethical issues using real world case studies to explore how such scientific advances can have immense repercussions for healthcare choices, family relationships and how we choose to live our lives. This event was coordinated by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and is a follow up to the original event in 2019.


• Prof Mike Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford

• Prof Anneke Lucassen, Director Centre for Personalised Medicine, University of Oxford

• Dr Sarah Wynn, CEO, Unique

A blog post about this event can be found here.