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The U.S. Government’s Mass Collection of Immigrant DNA Hints at Surveillance Future

The genetic data will be added to an FBI database for violent criminals

Asylum-seekers wait on the international bridge from Mexico to the United States. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

TThis week, the United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including minors, and will add that genetic data to a massive FBI…

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Emily Mullin

Emily Mullin

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.