Advances in genetics and DNA raise ethical questions

31 May 2018

Caitlin Curtis from UQ's Centre for Policy Futures and James Hereward (UQ Biological Sciences) have published five articles in a series of six on genetics and DNA to be featured on The Conversation. The findings are really interesting…and scary.

There have been significant advances in DNA recently, and it may soon be possible to reconstruct a whole face (creating a DNA ‘mugshot’). While such advances may be useful for law enforcement, they would raise serious questions about the ability to protect the anonymity of DNA – which leads to a host of other ethical questions.

Read more about their research via the articles below: 

New cryptocurrencies could let you control and sell access to your DNA data

From the crime scene to the courtroom: the journey of a DNA sample

It’s time to talk about who can access your digital genomic data

DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult

Criminals can’t easily edit their DNA out of forensic databases