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Anthropologist Rayna Rapp will discuss the growth of genetic testing in reproduction in a public lecture, Wed., March 25, 5:30 p.m. in NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East (enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place [wheelchair accessible]).

“Banking on DNA: Gendering the Ever-Expanding Horizon of Prenatal Genetic Testing and Reproductive Technology,” a Bentson Dean’s Lecture, is free and open to the public.

How are we to make sense of the increase in testing in reproduction? Rapp 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 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. 

Professor Rayna Rapp

Professor Rayna Rapp

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. The editor and co-editor of multiple books, Rapp is currently writing a book on Disability Worlds with NYU anthropologist Faye Ginsburg.

Call 212.998.8100 or email ken.kidd@nyu.edu for more information. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

In honor of the centenary of women's suffrage, all of the College of Arts and Science's major lectures this academic year will showcase women who are leaders in their fields.

Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

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