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Why a DNA Test Is Actually a Really Bad Gift

If you’d like to gift your loved ones the chance of unwittingly sharing extremely sensitive personal information, then a DNA testing kit may be the perfect stocking stuffer-sized present. But if you’d rather not have your mom or dad or girlfriend send away private health information with a tube of their spittle, we’d strongly suggest something else. Read More >>

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DNA Is Being Collected to Protect Sex Workers, But It Could Also Be Used Against Them

Nearly a decade ago, Dallas police proposed a new program designed to get sex workers off the streets. Rather than just send them to jail, police would set up shop at truck stops, accompanied by counsellors, social workers and nurses, and give the sex workers a choice of either prison or talking to a counsellor. But the program also had a grimmer, more ethically fraught component — collecting sex workers’ DNA in hopes of identifying their bodies should they wind up dead. Read More >>