This programming series examined representations of genomic research in the media, in fiction, non-fiction, and in film, in order to stimulate discussions about the social, ethical, and legal implications of genomic research. How, for example, is genomic research most accurately represented to the public? In Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, Matt Ridley argues that “the book of life” is a more accurate metaphor than “blueprint” to explain the DNA alphabet and, in fact, literally true–like books, the genome is a set of linear coded information.

To examine the facts and fictions, the concerns and hopes, surrounding the past, present, and future of genomics, our program creatively blended expertise and resources from the study of anthropology, biology, ethics, history, law, literature, medicine, philosophy, plant genetics, and sociology.

Planned activities in fall 2007 included lectures, book discussions, film groups, a play, and an art exhibit that interlocked the set of events by focusing on three major issues: how genomic research and technologies are represented in popular culture, social and ethical issues arising from genomic food and biotechnology, and ethical, philosophical, and legal implications of genomic research

Support for this program was provided by:

    ISU Center for Integrated Animal Genomics
    Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship(IGERT)
    Interdepartmental Genetics Program
    Phi Betta Kappa
    Plant Sciences Institute
    Program for Women and Science in Engineering (PWSE)
    ISU Lectures Program (funded by GSB)
    Ames Public Library
    Humanities Iowa
    MONSANTO imagine

On Campus Events:

September 27, 2007, 7pm, Memorial Union Campanile Room
**CEAH Reception and Open House Event **

September 27, 2007, 8pm, Memorial Union Sun Room
**Lecture: Designing Humanity**
Hamilton Cravens, 2007 CEAH Distinguished Scholar

October 4, 2007, 7pm, Memorial Union Sun Room
**Lecture: Clones, Chimeras, and Other Creatures of the Biotechnological Revolution: Toward a Genomic Mythology**
Priscilla Wald, Duke University

October 17, 2007, 7pm, Memorial Union Great Hall
**Lecture: The Longing to Understand**
Jane Cox, Iowa State University

November 8, 2007, 7pm, Memorial Union Sun Room
**Lecture: Eating Genes: Global Ethics and Equity Issues in Genetically Modified Food and Sustainability**
Lisa Weasel, Portland State University, and Virginia Walbot, Stanford University

November 15, 2007, 9:30am and 1pm, Memorial union Cardinal Room
**Symposium: The Ethical, Philosophical, and Legal Issues of Genomic Research**
Lori Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Troy Duster, New York University, Jeff Murray, University of Iowa, and Karen-Sue Taussig, University of Minnesota

Ames Public Library Events:

September 5, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Book Group: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley**
Moderator: Kathy Hickock, Iowa State University

September 10, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Film Group: Cracking the Code of Life**

September 17, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Film Group: Bloodlines: Technology Hits Home**

September 19, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Book Group: Frankensteins Footsteps by Jon Turney**
Moderator: Barbara Blakely, Iowa State University

October 1, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Film Group: Beyond the Middle Passage**

October 3, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Book Group: Dawn by Octavia Butler**
Moderator: Priscilla Wald, Duke University

October 22, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Film Group: Frozen Angels**

October 24, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Book Group: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood**
Moderator: Brenda Daly, Iowa State University

November 5, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Film Group: Harvest of Fear**

November 7, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Book Group: Dinner at the New Gene Caf: How Genetic Engineering is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food by Bill Lambrecht **
Moderator: Lisa Weasel, Portland State University

November 12, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Film Group: Gattaca**

November 7, 2007, 7pm, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
**Book Group: Sequence by Lori Andrews**
Moderator: author Lori Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law