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GENETIC PRIVACY—ARGENTINA

June 25, 2010

A leading human rights activist in Argentina is speaking out in support of the National Genetics Bank as a tool in the efforts of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to find children stolen from prisoners of the dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. The Associated Press reports on unsuccessful efforts by attorneys to block the DNA tests by arguing the genetics bank lacks "appropriate safeguards" and suggesting results could be manipulated. "In questioning the bank, they are trying to plant doubts about all the restitutions and the hundred children we have found," said Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo President Estela de Carlotto. "Are they suggesting that we want to find just anyone? I want my grandchild, not just any child."
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