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People are more valuable than the data they generate on social media. Genetic research needs to recognize this fact when attempting to recruit people from social media networks and share information using these tools.

A fellow librarian sent a call for submissions to the Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum on ethical issues in the use of social media for genetics research. In response, I submitted this piece:

Basically,  In order to protect individuals, there is a need for improved informed consent (Terms and Conditions) and updated regulations.

Here is a bibliography for the post:

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Bazelon, E. 2014. “The online avengers.” The New York Times Magazine, January 15.

Ginsberg, J., M. H. Mohebbi, R. S. Patel, L. Brammer, M. S. Smolinski, L. Brilliant. 2009. Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data. Nature 457 (19 February): 1012-1014.

Hayden, E. C. 2015. Consumer DNA firms get serious about drug development. Nature 520 (30 April): 597-598.

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Henry, J., B. W. Palmer, L. Palinkas, D. K. Glorioso, M. P. Caligiuri, D. V. Jeste. 2009. Reformed consent: adapting to new media and research participant preferences. IRB 31(2): 1-8.

Landi, H. 2015. Survey: Majority of Americans underestimate the threat of stolen medical data. Healthcare Informatics Magazine (30 October). 

Lazer, D., R. Kennedy, G. King, A.Vespignani. 2014. The parable of Google flu: traps in big data analysis. Science 343 (14 March): 1203-1205.

Nature Publishing Group. 2015. To share is human. Nature Biotechnology 33(8): 796-800.

Nuffield Council on Bioethics. 2015. Ethical governance of data initiatives. In The collection, linking and use of data in biomedical research and healthcare: ethical issues. Chapter 5. 84-95.

Ponemon Institute. 2015. Fifth annual survey on medical identity theft. Ponemon Institute Research Report, February.

Search ID. About AOL search data scandal.

Vormetric. 2015. Vormetric survey reveals 89% of Americans fail to recognize the threat posed by stolen medical records., 29 October.

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