Women Inspire: Leslie Wolf on Genomic Data and the Law

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Fall 11-26-2018


Georgia State University’s Leslie Wolf provided insight about the subject during the first Women Inspire lecture for the 2018-19 academic year this November. Wolf is a Distinguished University Professor and director of the Georgia State College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society.

Professor Wolf discussed confidentiality of genomic data after the Golden State Killer case in California, where investigators tracked down a suspect through genomic data the man had uploaded to a genealogical website. Millions of Americans have shared their genomes with companies to learn more about their ancestry. The recent arrest of the Golden State Killer case highlighted how law enforcement and others may be interested in accessing such databases.