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Genome Database Will Link Genes, Traits in Public View

Publication Date: 
October 19, 2008
Ellen Nakashima

An article from quotes Professor Hank Greely in a discussion on the development of a public database that connects genes with diseases and on risks that the database will be misused in a variety of legal and social contexts:

But Henry T. "Hank" Greely, a Stanford law professor, said focusing on associations alone misses the point. "If people understood that, for example, a 'violence gene' might change a person's risk of engaging in violent behavior from 5 percent to 7 percent, they would neither think about preventive detention nor think about eugenics," he said. "There's nothing wrong with the tool, and it may turn out to be medically important. What's wrong is the misunderstanding and misuse of the tool."