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The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society

Nobel Week Dialogue 2012

A brand new feature of the 2012 Nobel Week in Stockholm, the inaugural Nobel Week Dialogue brought together 35 panellists and 1100 participants to discuss The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society.

The theme for the 2012 Nobel Week Dialogue was partly inspired by the fact that 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the award of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins for their discovery of the molecular structure of DNA. The day's events were dedicated to reviewing the past half century of progress in genetics and genomics, assessing the implications for today's society and looking towards future trends.

The day's programme was broadly split into two parts, and after morning plenary sessions the programme split into three parallel streams of panel discussions, with participants free to choose to attend whichever stream interested them most. During these discussions, and throughout the lunchtime breakout sessions that preceeded them, questions were invited from the audiences, both live and online. At the end the day, all participants joined together again for a final panel discussion.

Videos from the Meeting

Morning Lectures

Morning Lectures:
- Introductory remarks by Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation
- Lecture by Eric Lander: Five Turns of the Double Helix
- Interview with James Watson by Matt Ridley
- Lecture by Helga Nowotny: A Social Scientist in the Land of Genomic Promise
Lecture by Steven Chu: The Role of Genomics in Energy and the Environment

Lunch Seminar Introduction

Lunch Seminar Introduction:
Human Evolution: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Human Biology: The Great Deal We Don't Know and How to Discover It
Panellists: Svante Pääbo and Craig Mello
Chair: Bruce Alberts

Afternoon Discussion Panels

Afternoon Discussion Panels:
The Promised Land of Genomic Medicine: Where Can the Science Take Us?
Panellists: Bruce Beutler, Joe Goldstein, Mary-Claire King, Eric Lander, Nils-Göran Larsson and Bert Vogelstein
Moderator: Göran Hansson

The Promised Land of Genomic Medicine: How Do We Actually Get There?
Panellists: Juan Enriquez, Joe Goldstein, Eric Lander, Tikki Pang (Pangestu), Bert Vogelstein and Janet Woodcock
Moderator: Adam Smith

Afternoon Discussion Panels:
Genetics in Agriculture and the Environment: Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There?
Panellists: Dominic Barton, Torbjörn Fagerström, Louise Fresco, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Tikki Pang (Pangestu)
Moderator: Matt Ridley

Genetics and Nurture: Understanding the Interactions Between Genetics and the Environment
Panellists: Bruce Beutler, John Dupré, Mary-Claire King, Helga Nowotny and James Watson
Moderator: Matt Ridley

Afternoon Discussion Panels:
Human Evolution: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Panellists: John Dupré, Juan Enriquez, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Helga Nowotny and Svante Pääbo
Moderator: Bruce Alberts

Human Biology: The Great Deal We Don't Know and How to Discover It
Panellists: Steven Chu, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Craig Mello, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Svante Pääbo and Kurt Wüthrich
Moderator: Bruce Alberts

Concluding Plenary Session

Concluding Panel:
Emergent Conclusions
Panellists: Dominic Barton, Steven Chu, Joe Goldstein, Eric Lander, Helga Nowotny and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
Moderator: Adam Smith


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