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Dr. Gualberto Ruaño

Director of Genetics Research, Hartford Hospital

Gattaca— The Field of Personalized Medicine

A discussion of DNA-guided medicine, based on genomics and clinical informatics, to diagnose and manage viral infectious diseases.

Real Art Ways Hartford, CT

Film Synopsis

In a dystopian future that prizes ideal DNA above all, a genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to outer space. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) as a genetically inferior "in-valid," and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a perfect genetic specimen. He assumes Jerome's identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). Just when Vincent is finally scheduled for a space mission, a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gualberto Ruaño is a pioneer in the field of personalized medicine and the inventor of molecular diagnostic systems used worldwide for the management of viral diseases. Dr. Ruaño is president and founder of Genomas, a genetics-related company and now the biotech anchor of Hartford Hospital’s Genetic Research Center; he also serves as director of genetics research at the center.