Summary #186

A researcher needed three hours to identify me from my DNA

bloomberg.com
  • As more people in the US share their genetic data to public and private databases, it makes the job much easier for genealogists to identify people from genetic samples.
  • There has been a boom in consumer DNA testing, which has also enabled law enforcement to solve more cases.
  • Nowadays it can take as little as 10 hours for genealogists to identify suspects from genetic data only.
  • But there’s an issue with privacy - anyone can be exposed even if they haven’t made their own DNA public, as just one family member can expose multiple generations.

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