New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: Privacy in the Age of Genomics

by jeeg 11. April 2014 22:03







New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: 


Privacy in the Age of Genomics


We are at a critical time in the development of medicine:  the mapping of the human genome has provided powerful new tools to understand the genetic basis of disease and genetic tests can help diagnose genetic conditions, guide treatment decisions, help predict risk of future disease, inform reproductive decision-making, and assist medication selection. DNA is also rapidly becoming a biometric identifier for law enforcement and governments around the world. People are enthusiastic about the promises of the genetic revolution; but are understandably fearful about how this powerful information can be accessed and abused.

With genetic testing and genetic information increasingly pervasive in our daily lives, many are asking themselves:  How truly safe is your DNA?

From police uses of DNA to research and commercial databases, from assisted reproduction to newborn screening, and from the United States to Europe and around the world, this special issue of GeneWatch magazine explores the current state of genetic privacy and how researchers at Microsoft are developing cutting edge encryption technologies to protect us.


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About GeneWatch

It is hard to keep up with the rush of information and opinion set off by the rapid growth in genetic research and technology. Without our fully realizing it, genetic technology is entering almost every area of our lives; from the genetically modified foods we eat, to the biodiversity of our eco-system, from human health and reproductive technologies to the operation of the criminal justice system. The public needs information from a trusted source.

For 30 years GeneWatch, CRG’s award-winning magazine, has filled this critical role. GeneWatch covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international issues: genetically engineered foods, biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning. GeneWatch features articles by international experts in the field, interviews of critical figures, profiles of every-day individuals impacted by developments in biotechnology, and reviews of books and movies.

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Since 1983, the Council for Responsible Genetics has represented the public interest and fostered public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies.  CRG is a leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice, and respect for human rights.


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