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Midday on Ethics With Dr. Jeffrey Kahn: Privacy Promises Undone By Genetic Testing

Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
Credit Johns Hopkins University

It’s Midday on Ethics with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Today, a show about privacy and those consumer genetic testing kits. Many people choose to do genetic testing and agree to post their results so that their DNA can be compared to others. When they do that, they may discover people who are related to them that they otherwise wouldn’t know about.

But what about the privacy of people who were sperm donors or egg donors, who were assured that their identities would never be revealed? Genetic testing means that the anonymity that these donors were promised is no longer possible. So how does that play out?