The Potential Dangers of Testing Your Own DNA

Proceed with Caution

J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD

By J. Wesley Boyd MD PhD MA

I was lucky to meet Dani Shapiro through HMS Bioethics when she came to speak in a class I taught there about her book Inheritance. That meeting ultimately resulted in Josh North, Rennie Burke, Yvette Ollada, Gali Katznelson and I surveying individuals who were donor conceived about their thoughts, feelings, and reactions to finding out about the nature of their conception. We wrote up our findings here in the HMS Journal of Bioethics.

Gali and I then wrote a blog on Psychology Today highlighting our findings.

That blog is here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Colleague J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a lecturer on global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. He writes on issues of social justice, human rights, immigration and asylum, access to care, and substance use disorders. He is the author of the book, Almost Addicted, which won the Will Solemine Award for Excellence in Medical Writing from the New England American Medical Writer’s Association.

He also wrote the Foreword to our textbook.


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One Response

  1. Gail,
    Many thanks for the like

    Liked by 1 person

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