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After DNA Misuse, Researchers Banished From Havasupai Reservation

April 22nd, 2010 04:31 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

bbsguru writes “A court settlement has ended a controversial case of medical privacy abuse. From the NYTimes: ‘Seven years ago, the Havasupai Indians, who live in the deepest part of the Grand Canyon, issued a ‘banishment order’ to keep Arizona State University employees from setting foot on their reservation, an ancient punishment for what they regarded as a genetic-era betrayal. Members of the tiny tribe had given DNA samples to university researchers starting in 1990, hoping they might provide genetic clues to the tribe’s high rate of diabetes. But members learned their blood samples also had been used to study many other things, including mental illness and theories of the tribe’s geographical origins that contradict their traditional stories.’”

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