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Judged by genetics?

16.08.2010

Introduction

The Forum is looking forward to a lively discussion exploring the controversial issue of using DNA testing to determine the nationality of asylum seekers at its 'Judged by Genetics?' event at the Festival of Politics on 17/08/10.

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A lively discussion exploring the controversial issue of using DNA testing to determine the nationality of asylum seekers will be hosted tomorrow (17 August 2010) by the ESRC Genomics Forum, based at the University of Edinburgh, and the British Council. The event is part of 2010’s Festival of Politics Programme.

An expert panel including representatives from the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Refugee Council, and Strathclyde University will debate the pros and cons of using genetic testing to verify an asylum seeker’s country of origin, as well as broader questions about science taking precedence over personal experience or history.

Speakers are:

  • Hugh O'Donnell, MSP
  • Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Gary Christie, Policy & Research Manager, Scottish Refugee Council
  • Dr Bruce Durie, Course Director of Genealogical Studies, University of Strathclyde

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