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Court Demands DNA Samples

GENETIC PRIVACY—ARGENTINA

June 3, 2011

An Argentine court has ruled that the adult children of adoptive parents must submit to DNA testing in order to determine whether they were born to military prisoners during the country's Dirty War from 1976 to 1983. BBC News reports that Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera must submit blood or saliva samples. They will be compared to those of military prisoners from that period whose babies were kidnapped by the military junta. The Noble Herreras have objected to the testing, saying that it's a violation of their privacy. A 2009 bill passed by the Argentine congress allows for the forcible extraction of DNA in certain cases.
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