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Everyday people can now map their genomes and maybe keep their privacy

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,

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 >>>

How to Identify Almost Anyone in a Consumer Gene Database

New techniques that dig more deeply into genetic databases may soon make the anonymity of their customers’ DNA impossible to safeguard

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 >>>

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

16 June 2018, CNBC

Genetics testing companies, like Veritas Genetics, Ancestry and 23andMe, are providing consumers with an unprecedented level of access to their personal genome; Privacy risks are not well understood by consumers; Law enforcement and the federal government can pressure these companies to share your DNA…Read more >>>

An overview of the blockchain genomics trend

An overview of the blockchain genomics trend

19 March 2018,

In 2014, Harvard professor and geneticist George Church said: “‘Preserving your genetic material indefinitely’ is an interesting claim. The record for storage of non-living DNA is now 700,000 years….Read more >>>

Solve genomics with the blockchain? Why the hell not

Start-ups are clamoring to use cryptocurrency software to get and trade genome sequences—for research and profit

21 February 2018, Wired

Scientist lust after genomes like the wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon, heart pounding in throat, tongue lolling, fist pounding on the table, submarine-dive-ahOOOgah!-alarm sounding….Read more >>>