Who Says You're Dead? by Jacob M. Appel

Who Says You're Dead? by Jacob M. Appel

Author:Jacob M. Appel
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Published: 2019-10-09T16:00:00+00:00


Beyond 23andMe

A female hospital employee, Dahlia, has been the victim of a violent sexual assault inside a stairwell. She dies without regaining consciousness. Fortunately, special victims unit investigators have been able to obtain a DNA sample from her attacker’s semen.

The authorities are aware that all staff, patients, and visitors to the hospital must either swipe their employee identification cards or display a picture ID at the entrance, which is photographed and recorded in the security logbook. In an effort to identify Dahlia’s attacker, the police request the names and contact information of all male staff, patients, and visitors to the facility over a two-week period prior to the attack. While they cannot force these individuals to provide DNA samples, they plan to request a sample from each of them—and would take a closer look at the alibis of those who refuse to provide a cheek swab.

Is it ethical for the hospital to provide such data to the police?


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