The Drama of DNA explores the complexities and implications of applying genomic technology using the dramatic literary form. This creative, educational approach focuses on the challenges posed by comprehensive sequencing of the human genome to foster a greater understanding for how we evaluate, process, and share genomic information.
The text includes original genomic plays by the authors as well as excerpts from existing theater. It combines these elements with an analytical foundation for framing ethical, psychosocial and policy challenges in differing contexts.
The original plays, while fictionalized, are grounded in the real world of genomic medicine and research, illuminating the ethical and policy debate surrounding next gen sequencing. Narrative genomics provides an innovative stage from graduate through continuing medical education to enhance interdisciplinary dialogue on controversies raised by innovative technologies.
The text explores and evaluates issues as varied the blurring boundaries between genomic research and clinical practice, therapeutic misconception, informed consent, incidental findings, privacy and confidentiality, biobanking, public health policy, and implications for blood relatives, ethnic and racial communities.