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Activists: Mandatory DNA Testing a "Necessary Evil"

GENETIC PRIVACY—ARGENTINA

July 7, 2010

Argentina's Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo (Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo) have become convinced that when it comes to identifying the now-grown children stolen from murdered prisoners of the country's military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983, compulsory DNA testing is "a necessary evil with an ultimately beneficial result," TIME reports. Through DNA testing, the human rights group has located 101 children who were born to pregnant political activists in Argentina's death camps and then given to military families or civilians to raise. The Abuelas' efforts are gathering attention in a high-profile case involving the adopted children and only heirs of an Argentine media mogul worth an estimated $1 billion.   
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