The Marketing of Genetic Identity
April 3 2006
Venue: Seminar Rm 1.06 Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards
DNA testing has become an important tool for medical diagnosis and biological research. However, while the ability to generate cheap, accurate and informative human DNA profiles has benefited forensics and human rights work, DNA testing is also exploited commercially by companies selling genetic identity information directly to the public. Current developments in mass DNA profiling will be illustrated by two, very different, international projects: A government-sponsored project (the International Commission on Missing Persons), the largest single effort in history to identify victims of war and genocide, and a privately-funded project (the Genographic Project of National Geographic), which aims to analyze the DNA of as many as one million private citizens worldwide.