Public panel discussion and film screening: The Science and Ethics of GATTACA in 2022


Monday, October 10, 2022


6:00pm - 9:00pm


Michigan Theater (603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI)


This October marks the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of GATTACA, a science fiction film that addresses the potential complications of a world in which genetic information can be rapidly analyzed and manipulated. Since the movie’s release, many of the tools anticipated by the film have become a reality and some aspects of the genetic selection processes proposed are used in reproductive clinical practice today.

To highlight this brave new world, the Departments of Neurology and Human Genetics within Michigan Medicine and the Center for RNA Biomedicine are sponsoring a one-time showing of GATTACA at the Michigan Theater as part of the “Science on Screen” series.

The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10 (Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day) and will be preceded by a 1-hour panel discussion starting at 6 p.m. among 4 experts on the technologies and ethics of genetic information

Public Panel Discussion on Science and Ethics of GATTACA in 2022

  • Scott Roberts, Ph.D., M.A. Professor, Michigan School of Public Health. Director, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core.
  • Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, Mbioethics. Associate Director, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine. Assistant Professor, OBGYN Michigan Medicine.
  • Peter Todd, MD, PhD. Professor of Neurology and Director, Neurogenetics Clinical Research Program, Michigan Medicine.
  • Yan Zhang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Michigan Medicine. Expert on CRISPR gene editing technologies.

This event is open to the public. Families are welcome (the film is rated PG-13).

A limited number of complementary tickets are available to this performance. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to and she can provide you with an access code to obtain a ticket. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show at the theater.

Questions? Feel free to email with any further questions, comments or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you at the show and discussion.