Last year saw an incredible surge in demand for direct to consumer genetic tests – but it raises a lot of questions…

  • What exactly is a genetic test?
  • How is your privacy protected when you take a genetic test?
  • Do some companies make money selling your genetic data to third parties?
  • How anonymous can DNA data ever be?
  • Who even owns our DNA?
  • And what does all this have to do with cryptocurrencies?

Join us as Dr Caitlin Curtis discusses these questions and more, while looking deeper into the complicated world of genetic testing and privacy.

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Recording of "Could cryptocurrencies let you control & sell access to your DNA data?" lecture (YouTube, 56m:23s)

Meet the presenter

Dr Caitlin Curtis

Dr Caitlin Curtis (@DrCaitlinCurtis) is a research fellow at The University of Queensland. She has broad expertise in genetics including conservation genetics, ancient DNA, DNA forensics, and vector genomics. Caitlin is fascinated by the intersection between genomics and technology and the ensuing privacy and data protection issues.


About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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