Friday, April 10, 2020


Professor Teneille Brown of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law published a thought-provoking article, entitled "Why We Fear Genetic Informants: Using Genetic Genealogy to Catch Serial Killers", in the Fall 2019 issue of The Columbia Science & Technology Law Review.  In the abstract of her article, Professor Brown suggests that,
Rather than banning the use of genetic genealogy to catch serial killers and rapists, I call for improved direct-to-consumer consent processes, and more transparent privacy and security measures. This will better protect genetic privacy in line with consumer expectations, while still permitting the use of LRFS [long-range familial searching] to deliver justice to victims and punish those who commit society's most heinous acts.
Her article is well worth reading.