08/21/2015

A Play About Medical Ethics, Ripped From the Headlines

16:43 minutes

DeLanna Studi and Tina Benko in Informed Consent, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Liesl Tommy (c) 2015 James Leynse
DeLanna Studi and Tina Benko in Informed Consent, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Liesl Tommy (c) 2015 James Leynse

Is it ethical to decipher someone’s genome and unearth their past, without their permission? That’s the question posed by playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer’s new Off Broadway play, Informed Consent. The play takes as its inspiration a real court case, in which the Native American Havasupai tribe sued researchers from Arizona State University after those researchers conducted unauthorized studies using Havasupai blood samples. Laufer joins Ira to talk about the murky line between science and faith, and whether or not we really want to know everything our genes might be able to tell us.

Segment Guests

Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer is a playwright and creator of Informed Consent (Primary Stages, 2015). She’s based in Mount Kisco, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for Science Friday. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.