What little privacy our society has left is on the verge of disappearing. Expanding our DNA database to include misdemeanor convictions is overly invasive of our rights as citizens. Some lawmakers suggest Virginia expand their database to include samples from class-1 misdemeanor convictions. This breaches our Fourth Amendment rights to privacy.
Freshmen with saliva who are looking to make extra cash will be glad to learn that the Spit for Science study is gearing up for its spring round of data collection.
It is no secret that college students drink a lot of beer, but now VCU students can learn a little bit about the science behind the alcoholic drink from the traveling exhibit, “From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry,” featured at the MCV campus’ Tompkins-McCaw Library.
VCU’s School of Pharmacy has received a $3 million grant to continue research into genetic markers in human DNA that may predict chronic depression.