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Gattaca

Posted by nte on November 28, 2016 in Films
Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Free public screening with expert-led panel discussion afterwards.
Monday, November 28, 2016 (7:00PM)
QEII Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, Ground Floor, 1796 Summer St. entrance

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GATTACA trailer
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Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. - Posted from IMDB and written by garykmcd

Topics for discussion:

  • Genetic testing and screening procedures
  • CRISPR technologies and gene editing
  • Germline genetic modification & eugenics
  • Genetic enhancement
  • Public health, disease control and prevention
  • Discrimination
  • Social justice and slow science

Moderator: Tim Krahn

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