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Your Genetic Privacy in the Big Data Era

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego | get directions

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Your Genetic Privacy in the Big Data Era Speaker Laura Rivard, Ph.D., Professor, Biology, University of San Diego In the United States, privacy is considered a fundamental right. Yet today our activities are followed to a degree unfathomable not long ago by way of cell phones, online behaviors, and more. As genomic technologies continue to expand, another avenue now exists by which we may potentially be scrutinized: DNA sequence. Our genetic information contains our most private details, but we leave it everywhere and share the sequence closely with dozens or even hundreds of relatives. In this talk we will discuss ways in which our DNA may “escape” from our control, what can actually be done with the sequence, and whether there is cause for concern.

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