Should Police Detectives Have Total Access to Public Genetic Databases?

Should Police Detectives Have Total Access to Public Genetic Databases?

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Stephanie Fullerton And Rori Rohlfs
Stephanie Fullerton (left) is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received a DPhil in Human Population Genetics from the University of Oxford and later re-trained in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research with a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fullerton’s work focuses on the ethical and societal implications of genomic research and its equitable and safe translation for clinical and public health benefit. // RORI ROHLFS: With her background in statistical genetics and molecular evolution, Rori Rohlfs is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. In addition to researching the evolution of gene expression, and women’s contribution to science, some of Rori’s work focuses on forensic genetics: estimating error rates of familial searching, and investigating how well statistical frameworks used in forensic genetics describe human genetic variation.
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