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Friday, October 12, 2018

The genetic genealogy industry is booming. In recent years, more than 15 million people have offered up their DNA -- a cheek swab, some saliva in a test-tube -- to services such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com in pursuit of answers about their heritage. In exchange for a genetic fingerprint, individuals may find a birth parent, long-lost cousins, perhaps even a link to Oprah or Alexander the Great.

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The science-fiction future, in which everyone is known whether or not they want to be, is nigh.

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wow... so now we can go for equity when they want to prosecute a woman for having an abortion they can also prosecute the father for being so irresponsible with his ----- and creating a life... both can go to jail for murder.

#1 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-10-12 01:08 PM | Reply

#1 Did you hurt yourself making that leap?

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-10-12 01:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#2

DARistrite is just pissed because this is allowing "undesirables" to apply to her precious and elitist Daughters of the American Revolution.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-12 01:24 PM | Reply

Hey look

some ankle biters reassuring themselves with some cyclic reach arounds

#4 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-10-12 01:31 PM | Reply

Speaking of "making that leap"

how is that postcard tax return working out for you?

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-10-12 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

DARistrite is just pissed because this is allowing "undesirables" to apply to her precious and elitist Daughters of the American Revolution.

#3 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2018-10-12 01:24 PM | FLAG: STUPID

I'm not a DAR... but I could be... its just they have a nasty history I didn't support. Its sort of like being a conservative only you have a genetic paper trail... THANKFULLY both are still optional club memberships.
I hear DAR has changed it's ways in recent years but still not interested.

... as far as the "undesirable" obviously you locked into one tidbit about me... DAR qualified... and missing the parts about my attitude regarding border disputes and relations... race religion etc etc.
I am a person of varied inheritances coming from a long line of people who were proud of that fact and of its patchwork quilt look of the family gatherings... so screw you from the 4 directions of this country.

#6 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-10-12 01:56 PM | Reply

#6

Nerve ==> struck.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-12 01:59 PM | Reply

The possibilities are alarming.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2018-10-12 02:15 PM | Reply

This should come in handy if we ever discover the political will to analyze the tens of thousands of rape kits the cops have been ignoring for years.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-12 02:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's funny is the results of these are trash. There is no science and they report bogus information. Just look at the identical triples - Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm - and their results.

Frankly I don't know why anyone would send their DNA to the mormons (Ancestry.com). I am forced to wonder what they are doing collecting all that genealogy information. There is a plan there somewhere.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-10-12 04:50 PM | Reply

Anyone ask why these companies need your name in order to do their work? If you feel the need to have your DNA analyzed and stuck in a database, I suggest that you not use your real name.

#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-10-12 06:57 PM | Reply

Nerve ==> struck.

#7 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2018-10-12 01:59 PM | REPLY| PPPPPFFFFTTTTTT

Oh please... I made my moniker from the skin of a DR conservatron that tried to match wits with me.

Maybe you and Boaz-o can form a tag team.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-10-12 09:36 PM | Reply

Anyone ask why these companies need your name in order to do their work?

If you feel the need to have your DNA analyzed and stuck in a database, I suggest that you not use your real name.

#11 | POSTED BY MONTECORE

Doesn't matter.

So many people have had their DNA sequenced that they've put other people's privacy in jeopardy
www.latimes.com

This is why understanding science is important and why anti-science thinking is harmful to all of us.

#14 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-13 08:48 AM | Reply

Per the LA Times link in post #14 ...

The researchers behind the new study say that once 3 million Americans have uploaded their genomes to public genealogy websites, nearly everyone in the U.S. would be identifiable by their DNA alone and just a few additional clues.

More than 1 million Americans have already published their genetic information, and dozens more do so every day.

"People have been wondering how long it will be before you can use DNA to detect just about anybody," said Ruth Dickover, director of the forensic science program at UC Davis who was not involved with the study. "The authors are saying it's not going to take that long."

So far, 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo is the most famous person to be identified this way. You may know him better as the suspected Golden State Killer, charged with 13 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted kidnapping.

When law enforcement officials used a publicly accessible DNA database to catch DeAngelo in April, it was only the second time in crime-solving history that the strategy was implemented successfully.

Since then, at least 13 additional suspected criminals have been identified in the same way.

"The solving of the Golden State Killer case opened this method up as a possibility and other crime labs are taking advantage of it," Dickover said. "Clearly a trend has started."

But as more of us upload DNA to publicly searchable databases, the implications can be creepy.

"When the police caught the Golden State Killer, that was a very good day for humanity," Erlich said. "The problem is that the very same strategy can be misused."

Think of foreign governments using this technique to track down American citizens, he said. Or protesters and activists being pursued in this way.


Just a matter of time before this all gets twisted.

#15 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-13 10:43 AM | Reply

This is how it's gonna end. A shot will never be fired.

We're being seduced by sexy technology and in the end, when it's complete , our forefathers would be horrified, but we won't care because it's all soooo cool.

#16 | Posted by shane at 2018-10-13 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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