BioFutures: Mandatory Genetic Fingerprinting

With Law Professor Andrea Roth

Thursday, June 4, 2020 • 8:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Free for Donors and and After Dark members.

Adults Only (18+)

Note: Ticket includes admission to After Dark (6–10 p.m.). Seating for BioFutures is limited and first come, first served.

If someone is arrested for a federal crime, law enforcement officials are allowed to take a sample of their DNA. And last fall, the Justice Department approved the collection of DNA from the tens of thousands of people detained in immigration detention centers. UC Berkeley Law professor Andrea Roth will explore the privacy implications of expanding our federal DNA database. Could DNA fingerprinting be extended even further? What can go wrong when DNA is collected from immigrant families? How might a government DNA database be abused?

Andrea Roth is Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on the use of forensic science in criminal trials.


BioFutures is a six-part series of conversations with leading experts in the field exploring how emerging bioscience technologies are changing our world.

As genetics and biotechnology continually evolve, surprising scenarios are emerging. The DNA editing technology CRISPR, for example, may enable us to fix disease-causing genes in the human body, and it’s brought us the first genetically engineered babies. A sample of our DNA can tell us about our ancestral past, but might also reveal things that we’d rather keep private? How can we make the most of exciting advances, while also defining our ethical boundaries? Join biologists and other experts in conversations about what genetics and other technologies reveals about our past, our selves, and our shared future.