"Science is moving so fast right now," said Alix Schwartz, director of academic planning for the college's undergraduate division.
"This is a very participatory way to get them to engage in the conversation, to have something to talk about with their fellow students and with the faculty," Schwartz
said that faculty from throughout the college "are pretty excited about exploring all the issues around personalized medicine because it's so controversial.
Even so, Schwartz
said that, like any good experiment, it's a one-time thing.
"I don't think we'd do it again or twice in a row," she
Posted by Alix Schwartz , Director of Academic Planning at UC Berkeley on May 18, 2010 at 4:30pm EDT
Thanks, everyone, for your comments on our program at UC Berkeley
I just wanted to reassure all the readers that this proposal passed through a rigorous Human Subjects review process, that the exercise is completely optional, that students will sign a consent form (and if they don't sign it we will destroy their swabs immediately), that minors are required to have their parents sign a consent form as well, that there will be no way for anyone but the student him- or herself to identify which data is his
or hers, and that all genetic material will be incinerated after these three genes have been analyzed.
Well, thanks for your assurances, Mr. Schwartz
comments don't add up
Posted by Hugh , professor at GMU
on May 21, 2010 at 8:15am EDT
says (a) the testing will be anonymous; (b) students' samples will be destroyed if they haven't signed a consent form.
Aren't (a) and (b) incompatible?