Settlement with Havasupai Tribe Means $700,000 for Unauthorized Use of DNA

Thursday, April 22, 2010

DNA-like helix (flickr user mr. happy (cc:by-nc-sa))

The University of Arizona has agreed to pay $700,000 to 41 Havasupai tribal citizens to settle claims that the university misused DNA samples given by tribe members over a decade ago.

In 1989, some members of the small Grand Canyon-based tribe gave their blood to university researchers in order to participate in a diabetes study. Tribal members later learned that samples of their DNA, without their knowledge or approval, had been analysed further, and played a key role in research conducted on schizophrenia, inbreeding, and one study supporting the Bering Strait Land Bridge theory.

For more we talk to Amy Harmon, a national correspondent for our partner The New York Times, and Rob Capriccioso, a staff reporter for Indian Country Today.


Rob Capriccioso and Amy Harmon

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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