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DNA Testing Sites: Are They Safe? Part I

from Response-ability.Tech | Published 10/21/2020

In this special two-part episode, Zoe Weaver, a Psychology student at the University of the West of England and our 2020 Summer intern, unravels some of the privacy concerns raised by the Blackstone group’s recent acquisition of genealogy provider, Zoe’s guests are Phil Booth, co-ordinator of MedConfidential, and Dr Laura Sobola, Senior Consultant at Unai and one of the Health Tech stream leads at the 2020 conference. In this first episode, Zoe focuses on the privacy concerns raised by genetic testing sites, and other ethical issues that they raise, such as the virtual erosion of family secrets. Together with her guests, she explores issues of informed consent in genetic research, and the the flaws of familial DNA matching. In the second episode, Zoe will delve more deeply in the laws surrounding genetic data, and the promises and pitfalls of precision medicine.We hope you enjoy the show.Music credit: James Thompson.

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The annual Response-Ability Summit, formerly the Anthropology + Technology conference, brings together leading experts from the social sciences and technology to champion socially-responsible tech, and to foster dialogue and collaboration across the disciplines. The summit has been curated to help today’s leading technology companies understand the significant value of combining teams of technologists with social scientists. Together we can build a future in which socially-responsible tech is the norm.