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July 13, 2015

Speaking at the inaugural BioHacking Village (BHV) at DEF CON 23

I am excited to announce I’ll be speaking on DNA security at the inaugural BioHacking Village (BHV) at DEF CON 23 on August 6-9, 2015!  http://www.defconbiohackingvillage.org
Talk Title: Social implications of DNA acquisition & storage
Abstract:  The advent of rapid ‘Next-Generation’ DNA sequencing methods has greatly accelerated biological and medical discovery steering society into a paradigm shift, the genomic era, of personalized medicine. This trend promises an affordable insight into your personal genome potentially giving individual’s personal advantages. What information is hidden within a strand of DNA and what are implications of accessing this data? Will these rapid advancements enhance humanity without sacrificing ethics and personal exposure? Can society overcome challenges stemming from emerging technologies such as massive internet accessible databases and cloud storage?