The Promise of DNA Sequencing

While DNA databases are now well established in many countries in the world, rules on their use vary. As DNA technology advances and becomes more accessible, new databases are being established while existing databases are expanding. In some countries, DNA databases of the entire population are under consideration. Data-sharing across international borders is also on the increase. How do we harness this opportunity in an ethical and responsible way?


  • Stefan Schmitt, Director, International Forensic Program, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Daniele Podini, Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University
  • Thomas Parsons, Director of Science and Technology, International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Moderator/discussant: Jay Aronson, Founder and Director of the Center for Human Rights Science, Carnegie Mellon University