On September 20th, 2014, 135 teenagers gathered at the Botswana Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence for Teen Club. Of that group, 31 adolescents—15 boys and 16 girls—participated in Genomics Module II activities. This group went over information from Genomics Module I, which was presented at the July 2014 Teen Club. For the 11 teens who attended Module I, covering the basics of genetics and genomics served as a review; however, for the rest of the group, this was new information. After familiarizing themselves with the basics covered in Module I, the teens were split into six groups to review and discuss different ethical scenarios. Led by volunteers who work in the science field, the groups discussed topics ranging from medication trials in developing countries to the ethical implications of genotyping ethnic minorities and from privacy rights to the difference between parent consent and child assent:
See our photos below! The very last picture is of Lesedi Williams, one of our CAfGEN trainees at the University of Botswana lab!!