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Lynn Bush, PhD, MS, MA is on the faculty of Pediatric Clinical Genetics at Columbia University Medical Center, a faculty associate at their Center for Bioethics, and serves as an ethicist on pediatric and genomic advisory committees for numerous academic medical centers and professional organizations. Dr. Bush has an interdisciplinary graduate background in clinical and developmental psychology, bioethics, genomics, public health, and neuroscience that informs her research, writing, and teaching on the ethical, psychological, and policy challenges of genomic medicine and clinical research with children, and prenatal-newborn screening and sequencing.

Karen H. Rothenberg, JD, MPA serves as Senior Advisor on Genomics and Society to the Director, National Human Genome Research Institute and Visiting Scholar, Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health. She is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, Founding Director, Law & Health Care Program and former Dean at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Professor Rothenberg has served as Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and has been on many NIH expert committees, including the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

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Extremely interesting read, even if you are not in the genomics field. 21 April 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. On the outset the concept seems a little strange, as I didn't imagine there were that many plays that dealt with issues within genomics. As it turns out, there is a wealth of information to draw from. From well known plays such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" to lesser known works, Rothenberg and Bush effectively make connections between the stage and the laboratory. This helps expose ethical issues that arise in the field of genomics that may otherwise be overlooked by framing them in a different, more objective, light. While the subject matter can be a little dry at times, the obvious dedication to the subject matter comes through, and ensures that it stays a compelling and interesting read. The thought of using, and even performing, excerpts from stage plays in groups of medical professionals to foster discussion about ethical issues seemed a little strange at first, but seems to be one of the most inventive and effective discussion starting methods that I am aware of. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is in the genomics field, or is even interested in it. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a well written, thought provoking work of non-fiction. This book presents a very valid solution to a problem that I had no idea even existed. Overall, very very enjoyable.
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