We all assume that our genetic information is personal and private. This may not be totally correct, but that assumption goes completely out the window when you are an identical twin. This question is explored in an interesting article in the Journal of Genetic Counseling. The twins were interviewed in the MIT Technology Review. More
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Genetic Privacy Rights Group Publishes Guide to the World’s DNA Databases
The Council for Responsible Genetics has published a guide to the world’s DNA databases. According to the guide, 56 countries (and in the U.S., all 50 states) maintain DNA databases.
CRG describes itself as a "catalyst and thought leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice and respect for human rights." Although CRG has its own unique perspective on whether DNA databases should exist and how they should be used,… More
Taking of a Blood Sample and Creation of a DNA Profile Found Not to Be an Unreasonable Search
In a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Martin Boroiang v. Robert S. Mueller, III, et al., No. 09-1630, the First Circuit rejected a challenge to the requirement that a blood sample be given by a federal offender for purposes of creating a DNA profile and entering it into a centralized government database.
The DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 (“DNA Act”) applies to individuals who have been convicted of a “qualifying federal offense”… More