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Medicine’s Genomic Bubble

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 7:00 PM

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering


Michael J. Joyner, M.D.

Frank & Shari Caywood Professor
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

Mayo Clinic

In this talk Dr. Joyner will critique the widely pitched “genomics is transforming medicine” narrative.  To do this, he will review the false promise that the Human Genome Project would lead to a “genetic revolution in medicine” – now called Precision Medicine.  Dr. Joyner will document how this narrative has underperformed, explain why it has underperformed and show that a “genomic bubble” has now emerged and been amplified by buzzwords like big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  This discussion will serve as a template to highlight key biological principles that are overlooked when too much focus is aimed at genes.  The twin problems of hype and the limits of big science will also be reviewed.  He will close by asking “what problem” are we trying to solve, and suggest some approaches that are likely to be far more effective than those stemming from the gene centric world view that now dominates the biomedical landscape.

Reservations are requested.
Refreshments will be served at the reception following the lecture.

Seats 350. First come, first served.
The event is open to the public and the UCI campus community.
Parking is free, no permits required.

**We have reached full capacity. Registration is closed.** 


May 21, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
Irvine, CA 92697 United States


UCI School of Biological Sciences

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