The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Lee Carl Bromberg and Robert Klitzman, with Dominick Ianno, discussing "Brand-Name Genes" from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Moot Court Room of Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

Biotechnology in genetics is reaching heights that the average person can barely imagine. The forum will look at the effects of this unstoppable science on individuals, the economy, and our society as a whole and ask: If we cannot abate the speed of innovation, how can we better control it or at least mitigate the negative consequences?

Attorney Lee Carl Bromberg reveals the tactic of companies patenting genetic code, while Robert Klitzman, author of Am I My Genes? shares the stories of real people whose lives were forever changed by genetic testing.

Dominick Ianno, Ford Hall Forum president and Pfizer's director of public affairs, U.S. Northeast, will leads a discussion of the revolutionary and sometimes frightening future of genetics.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.