• AP Explains: A look at DNA-sharing services and privacy

    3 monthes ago - By Chron

    NEW YORK - The use of a genealogy website to track down a suspected California serial killer illustrates both the extraordinary power of DNA-sharing services and the broad privacy concerns that surround the fast-growing commercial market for genetic analysis.
    TV commercials for companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com pitch their services as simple and fun ways of learning about family heritage and health. And while those companies on Friday sought to distance themselves from the free GEDmatch website used by police, the California case exposed broader questions about what happens after...
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  • DNA analysis site that led to the Golden State Killer issues a privacy warning to its users

    3 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    As more details emerge about the arrest of man suspected to be the Golden State Killer , it's clear that one of the most infamous unsolved cases of all-time may was cracked using a popular free online genealogy database.
    The site, known as GEDmatch , is a popular resource for people who have obtained their own DNA through readily available consumer testing services and want to fill in missing portions their family tree conduct further analyses. Compared to a polished service like 23andMe, GEDmatch is an open platform lacking the same privacy and legal restrictions that govern user data on...
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  • The suspected Golden State Killer was finally caught because his relative's DNA was available on a genealogy website

    3 monthes ago - By Chron

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    Investigators in California reportedly used publicly available DNA information uploaded to an open-source website to match a "distant relative" of suspected Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo to decades-old crime-scene DNA.
    They used a site called GEDmatch, which lets users upload the DNA information they get from at-home testing kits like 23andMe or Ancestry to search for family members.
    The case's lead investigator told the San Jose Mercury News that the site was his most important detective tool in cracking the cold case, which has been a mystery...
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  • The suspected Golden State Killer was finally caught because his relative's DNA was available on a genealogy website

    The suspected Golden State Killer was finally caught because his relative's DNA was available on a genealogy website

    3 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Investigators in California reportedly used publicly available DNA information uploaded to an open-source website to match a "distant relative" of suspected Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo to decades-old crime-scene DNA.
    They used a site called GEDmatch , which lets users upload the DNA information they get from at-home testing kits like 23andMe or Ancestry to search for family members.
    The case's lead investigator told the San Jose Mercury News that the site was his most important detective tool in cracking the cold case, which has been a mystery since the 1970s and '80s.
    A...
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