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What are the societal implications of advances in genome technology? Duke researchers are actively engaged in answering that very question.

Technological advances make possible the sequencing of our individual genomes for personalized use in ancestry analysis, regeneration of damaged tissues, the prediction of disease, and the forensic sciences. From understanding the influence of genes on behavior to studying the impact of legal regulation on the privacy of and access to genetic information, Duke leads the way in understanding the ethical, legal, and social impact of genetics research on our lives.

Is access to your personal genetic information a right? Can we make genome sequencing more affordable and accessible? Can DNA help identify victims of natural disasters or human trafficking? Duke’s renowned experts in gene patents, cognitive enhancement, behavioral genetics, and personalized genomics are formulating evidence-based policy suggestions to address these questions.