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Commission Discusses Limits of “Anonymous” Data Research

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

August 6, 2012

In blog.Bioethics.gov, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues discusses genomic database security. The commission recently heard from experts on the topic of DNA trails and the difficulties of conducting research on “anonymous” genomic data. Laura Lyman Rodriguez, director of policy communication and education at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, noted the risks in DNA itself. “Why would someone hack our servers to access my data when you could follow me to a coffee shop and grab a sample from my used coffee up?”
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