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Dr. Jay Kirchner to speak on genetic testing

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Dr. Jay Kirchner, assistant professor in University of the Cumberlands’ Biology Department, will present the lecture titled, “Genetic Testing: Benefits, Costs, and the Questions it Raises,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in the Hutton School of Business lecture hall. Dr. Frederick Zuspan, president of Perinatal Resources, Inc., of Hilliard, Ohio, is the sponsor of the lecture.

Many diseases and acquired diseases are due to changes in a person's genetic code. With the human genome sequenced and with many of these illnesses understood at the level of the genetic code, we now have the ability to quickly screen new babies, prospective parents and tumor cells to ascertain their characteristics. With the advent of these tests, many ethical questions also arise that are not simple to answer. Kirchner’s presentation will elaborate on these and many other issues concerning genetic testing.

The thirty minute lecture, followed by ten minutes of questions and answers and light refreshments, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Cindi Norton at 539-4315 or Dr. Sara Ash at 539-4308.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.