Government DNA Databases: Is your Privacy at Risk?

by jeeg 6. November 2013 21:52
With genetic fingerprinting being used extensively for crime-solving, many governments are compiling vast databases containing the DNA profiles of many of their citizens in an attempt to curb crime and approximate a utopic world. Different countries have adopted different approaches with some ... [More]

Would you post your DNA on Facebook?

by jeeg 13. August 2013 02:10
We are all Henrietta Lacks. Or, according to privacy experts, we soon could be. Americans are giving their DNA to companies that research their family origins, scientists say, without thinking through the potential long-term consequences. This week, the National Institutes of Health said it ... [More]

Mutant Discrimination: GINA, Genetics and How Professor Xavier is Breaking the Law

by jeeg 1. April 2013 21:27
Previous posts here at Law and the Multiverse have discussed the status of mutants under several of our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, including the applicability of constitutional protections afforded by the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th amendment and statutory prot... [More]

Senator Padilla Introduces Bill to Protect Genetic Privacy in California

by jeeg 25. February 2013 18:56
Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) this week introduced SB 222, which would establish the California Genetic Information Privacy Act.  SB 222 would prohibit the unauthorized collection, analysis, transfer or storage of an individual’s genetic information.     “I str... [More]

Arrivederci, GINA

by jeeg 5. February 2013 00:36
Yaniv Erlich, Ph.D., and his research team at the Whitehead Institute hoped to start a conversation when they published their study in Science showing that all they needed to identify nearly 50 individuals who had submitted personal genetic material for genomic studies was just a computer, an ... [More]

Canada needs to regulate non-medical use of genetic information

by jeeg 17. December 2012 18:20
While predictive genetic testing holds the promise of advancing the understanding of disease, there is also great potential for the information to be misused. Currently, Canada is the only G-8 country without a policy or legislation on the use and collection of genetic information for non-resear... [More]

Boy in school flap over cystic fibrosis

by jeeg 20. October 2012 00:11
By all accounts, Colman Chadam is a healthy, active 11-year-old boy who fit right in at Palo Alto's Jordan Middle School as a new kid in town. Except now, school officials believe his genetic makeup means he is a health risk to some of its other students and ordered that he be moved to anot... [More]

Citing privacy concerns, U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing

by jeeg 11. October 2012 18:20
They're called discreet DNA samples, and the Elk Grove, California, genetic-testing company easyDNA says it can handle many kinds, from toothpicks to tampons.   Blood stains from bandages and tampons? Ship them in a paper envelope for paternity, ancestry or health testing. EasyDNA also ... [More]

Madonna thinks fans want her DNA

by jeeg 25. June 2012 19:43
MADONNA reportedly has a "sterilisation team" tasked with wiping away traces of the Material Girl so fans can't steal her DNA. The music legend apparently orders workers to complete an extreme clean of all her dressing rooms on tour so that any hair, skin or saliva belonging to the 53-year-ol... [More]

California Considers DNA Privacy Law

by jeeg 21. May 2012 19:21
California lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at protecting their state's citizens from surreptitious genetic testing but scientists are voicing their growing concerns that, if passed, such a law would have a costly and damaging effect on research.   The bill, dubbed the Genetic Inform... [More]
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