Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

Science & Society News

Learn what is happening inside the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. Stay up-to-date on our research, events, and student activities.

Tue, Jul 31

LISTEN: Immortality through AI?

Dr. Nita Farahany, Professor of Law & Philosophy and Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, discusses the ethical implications of digitizing the human brain.

Wed, Jul 11

Which Company Will Test the DNA of Separated Families?

And other unanswered questions about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new plan to reunite migrants separated at the border.

Tue, Jun 26

Op-Ed: Why aren’t we taking DNA instead of children?

Sara Katsanis, Duke researcher and S&S instructor, comments on the separation of immigrant families at the US/Mexican border. “Not only is there no justification for taking children away from their families, but there’s a responsible way to vet family members and trace migrants arriving at the U.S. border.”

Mon, Jun 25

Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be An Ethical Quagmire

“DNA can be useful to verify claimed relationships and for detecting human trafficking. And it should be used on the border, but only with parameters that protect that information from being used for secondary purposes,” says Sara Katsanis, who studies genetic testing policy at Duke.

Mon, Jun 18

Duke Engage DC: A Physicist’s Perspective on Math Written by Policy Makers

This first week in Washington D.C. has been filled with experiences possible in no city other than our nation’s capital. I am a climate policy intern at the Niskanen Center, an up-and-coming think tank working on promoting an open society. It’s exciting work, but I do feel a bit like a fish out of water.

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