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A Controversial DNA Database Used to Solve Crimes Has Gone Commercial

A third-party DNA database that began as a passion project and later became embroiled in an ongoing debate over genetic privacy has now gone commercial. This week, the San Diego-based forensics company Verogen announced its acquisition of the controversial genealogy website GEDmatch. It’s anyone’s guess as to how the shift in ownership will affect its over one million users – or its recent repurposing as a controversial crime-solving tool. Read More >>

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Why a DNA Test Is Actually a Really Bad Gift

If you’d like to gift your loved ones the chance of unwittingly sharing extremely sensitive personal information, then a DNA testing kit may be the perfect stocking stuffer-sized present. But if you’d rather not have your mom or dad or girlfriend send away private health information with a tube of their spittle, we’d strongly suggest something else. Read More >>

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DNA Is Being Collected to Protect Sex Workers, But It Could Also Be Used Against Them

Nearly a decade ago, Dallas police proposed a new program designed to get sex workers off the streets. Rather than just send them to jail, police would set up shop at truck stops, accompanied by counsellors, social workers and nurses, and give the sex workers a choice of either prison or talking to a counsellor. But the program also had a grimmer, more ethically fraught component — collecting sex workers’ DNA in hopes of identifying their bodies should they wind up dead. Read More >>