“The Expanding World of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests” with Dr. Charlie Way on Tues., June 12

Join The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and the Jesup Memorial Library for the kick off of the series “You: A Novel Gene Story” on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. Dr. Charlie Wray, Director Courses and Conferences at JAX, will talk about the different genetic tests you can do yourself. “The Expanding World of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests,” will feature information about the kinds of genetic tests, what they can tell you about your health and ancestors, what they cannot tell you, and why different tests might give you different results.

“You: A Novel Gene Story” is a series of talks which will explore personal genomics. Personal genomics, sometimes called consumer genomics, involves the sequencing, analysis and interpretation of the genome of an individual. Other talks in the series include a deep dive into what genes can tell us about cancer and addiction and the ethical issues surrounding genomics.

Dr. Wray has more than 20 years of educational and research experience across a range of topics in genetics and genomics. At JAX he is innovating existing courses through addition of blended content, launching new programs and running a multi-state teacher professional development program. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from Yale University; he was a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA and UC Berkeley.

This talk is part of “Primary Source” an annual cooperative event between the Jesup Memorial Library and JAX featuring a series of talks about genetics. Previous series in this event include “Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” and “Genetic Tails: Discover Your Dog’s Ancestry.”

For more information on the series, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.