Tuesday, February 28 –
Is DNA testing a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of complications? In The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing The Way We Have Kids—And The Kids We Have, award-winning local journalist Bonnie Rochman explores the new frontiers of gene technology and how it has forever changed medicine, bioethics, and the factors that shape a family. In conversation with Julie Metzger, a nurse and health educator who runs the popular sex ed classes at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rochman offers a close look at the world of pre- and postnatal testing and tells the stories of women and men grappling with the results of a variety of tests. She profiles scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; gene counselors and the spiritual advisers who help parents manage this complex new reality; as well as the parents themselves (including the author) who get an early glimpse at the genetic futures of their children.