Our understanding of human genetics has advanced considerably since then, and these days anybody can find out a lot about their genetic make-up just by sending in a sample of their DNA in the mail. But with our genetic information becoming increasingly easier to access, what does that mean for genetic privacy?
Washington University’s Laura Jean Bierut and the University of Chicago’s Lainie Friedman Ross have strong opinions on the subject. They participated in a panel discussion on genetic privacy at Washington University’s Brown School Tuesday. Illinois Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra spoke with them beforehand, and has this report.