Anthropologist Rayna Rapp will discuss the growth of genetic testing in reproduction in a virtual lecture, Wed., Nov. 11.

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Anthropologist Rayna Rapp will discuss the growth of genetic testing in reproduction in a virtual lecture, Wed., Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m.

“Banking on DNA: Gendering the Ever-Expanding Horizon of Prenatal Genetic Testing and Reproductive Technology,” a Bentson Dean’s Lecture, will consider the rapidly escalating role of genetic testing in reproduction and will highlight the benefits and burdens of intensified testing in family-making and their gendered implications. The knowledge and pressure to use such tests, scientists observe, has resulted in growing social and cultural awareness of disability rights, robust commercial investments in genome-based technologies, and the turn to big data in health research. 

Rapp, a professor in NYU’s Department of Anthropology and affiliated with NYU’s Center for Disability Studies, is the author of the prize-winning Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America and of more than 100 articles and reviews on the politics of gender, medical anthropology, feminist theory, science studies, and disability studies.

An RSVP is required by emailing cas.events@nyu.edu. Zoom coordinates will be sent to attendees the day of the event.

Funded by the Bentson Foundation, Bentson Dean's Lectures are traditionally delivered by current full-time College of Arts and Science professors as well as adjuncts and visiting professors who are leaders in their respective fields.

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