EDST 391 Ethics & the Human Genome


Assignment for Day 18
Forensic genetics
Caitlyn, Ksenia, and Hannah's day!

Required readings:

Writing assignment:
  1. The Genome (pages 132-135) describes the case of a serial killer in Great Britain. To identify the killer, the local constables conducted a first-ever DNA dragnet of all men in the village (Narborough). What are the most important, interesting, or novel ethical questions raised by this mass DNA screening?
  2. The reading from the New York Times proposes that everyone be included in a national forensic DNA database. Please list the pros and cons, benefits and problems of the proposed database system.
  3. List any questions you may have on criminal forensics.