Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Genomic Privacy

Police patrolling in a night food market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
As genomic research continues there have been many who want to protect peoples personal data. Many countries have plans to build DNA databases and China is in the spotlight as they are generally seen as oppressive. The government announced a plan to store 100,000 peoples DNA from across China, but other programs in the country are already being used to oppress the Muslim minority. Doesn't really help that a US based company is helping all of this get established.

Since we recently touched on genomic privacy during lecture I figured it would be a good idea to review scenarios currently going on. As this field advances it provides more benefits, but also seems to provide many more opportunities to abuse people's information in various ways.

Article: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03687-x


  1. I think sharing genetic information and genomic research all over the world would allow the opportunity to greatly improve the knowledge and technology of the field, however, I do agree that people deserve their privacy. Maybe not connecting a name to genomic data saved could be an option.

  2. Although people sharing their genetic information is going to be beneficial people still have a right to privacy. People should have to agree to releasing their personal information. I hope that people consider agreeing to releasing their information because it will be beneficial to research.