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The Stories And Ethics Of DNA Testing

For some, genetic testing can provide answers to lifelong questions. But DNA also raises unique ethical conundrums when it comes to privacy and discrimination. On this episode, we dive into the personal stories and moral curiosities about DNA.


  • Tiffany Dow, found biological father with the help of DNA testing
  • Stuart Leavenworth, reporter, McClatchy DC Bureau
  • Richard Payne, ethicist, John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics
  • David Jackson, local historian, author of Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage

People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.