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Did you know that collectible trails of DNA are left behind in the hair, fingernails, dead skin and saliva you shed as you move through your day? Law professors Liza Vertinsky of the University of Maryland and Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University imagine a future when “genetic paparazzi with DNA collection kits [are] as ubiquitous as ones with cameras.” It’s a scenario that has Madonna worried – should you worry too?

Next week, we’ll be following the opening of the Jan. 6 committee hearings. Learn the history of such congressional investigations, which date back to 1792.

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Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Readers' picks

Mississippi state legislators review an option for redrawing the state’s voting districts at the state Capitol in Jackson on March 29, 2022. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Supreme Court allows states to use unlawfully gerrymandered congressional maps in the 2022 midterm elections

Henry L. Chambers Jr., University of Richmond

A ruling by the US Supreme Court to allow unlawful maps to be used in the midterm elections will affect who gets elected to the House of Representatives and may determine control of Congress.

Editors' picks

DNA is a trove of personal information that can be hard to keep track of and protect. Boris Zhitkov/Moment via Getty Images

Genetic paparazzi are right around the corner, and courts aren’t ready to confront the legal quagmire of DNA theft

Liza Vertinsky, University of Maryland; Yaniv Heled, Georgia State University

Both Macron and Madonna have expressed concerns about genetic privacy. As DNA collection and sequencing becomes increasingly commonplace, what may seem paranoid may instead be prescient.

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