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The use of genetic information collected by private companies in criminal investigations raises a number of issues about transparency and privacy.
21 March 2019, Pacific Standard
The conversation over police uploading suspects’ DNA to online databases is missing something important.
18 March 2019, Slate.com
Almost a year ago, police apprehended Joseph DeAngelo—dubbed the Golden State Killer—for more than a dozen murders and 50 rapes committed in the 1970s and ’80s. His arrest was thanks to the advent of open-source DNA databases…Read more >>>
15 March 2019, Slate.com
After more than a decade of work, the Human Genome Project produced the first complete sequence of the human genome in 2001. Although hard to imagine at that moment, two decades of profound technological improvements…Read more >>>
MedCo is the first operational system to protect sensitive patient data – including genetic information – so that it can be used collectively for crucial medical research
12 March 2019, EPFL News
Using the MedCo system, authorized researchers will be able to explore data from multiple sources like hospitals based on clinical and genetic criteria without compromising patient privacy. …Read more >>>
Worried about your privacy after taking an at-home DNA test? Here’s what you should know and what you can do.
29 January 2019, Consumer Reports
If you’ve sent a DNA sample such as a tube of spit to 23andMe, Ancestry, MyHeritage, or one of the many other companies that offer direct-to-consumer genetic testing, you’ve sent them the essential info…Read more >>>
There are two ways to do the testing: getting a costly but complete genetic workup through a doctor or opting for a cheaper at-home test like those sold by 23andMe.
12 January 2019, Business Insider
Clinicians and advocates criticize the at-home approach, which they say prioritizes convenience over privacy and long-term health…Read more >>>
Giving companies access to your gene testing results has consequences
7 January 2019, Bloomberg
Genomic testing also could reveal information about your family…Read more >>>
Foreign hackers have attempted to access the genetic blueprints of thousands of NHS patients
5 December 2018, The Telegraph U.K.
Leaders of Genomics England said they had fought off multiple cyber attacks on a flagship project to map the genes of a million people…Read more >>>
For the first time, a company is offering a direct-to-consumer tool that can map out a person’s entire genome.
17 November 2018, qz.com
The service, which is run by Nebula Genomics, is a double-edged sword, though. On the one hand it can help a person search through a broad array of their genetic code to find disease-related genes. On the other, the company faces the herculean task…Read more >>>
11 October 2018, Scientific American
Researchers are becoming so adept at mining information from genealogical, medical and police genetic databases that it is becoming difficult to protect anyone’s privacy…Read more >>>