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If You’re Not a Criminal, You’ve Got Nothing to Worry About

Image of crime scene

Over-reliance on DNA profiles in crime investigation is just one facet of a growing acceptance of genetic determinism – the assumption that we are our DNA. Credit: Jamie Tufrey

By Michael Cook

When the DNA profiles of innocent people are kept by law enforcement agencies it places them at risk of a lifetime of genetic surveillance.

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Plastinated People

By Michael Cook

Exhibits of "plastinated" human remains in garish poses raise issues of human dignity.

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