genetics

User-Upload DNA Sites Just Became Even Less Private

User-Upload DNA Sites Just Became Even Less Private

Ever since American police tracked down the alleged Golden State Killer with a public DNA database, those sites have been privacy minefields for people who just want to learn more about their genetics. Now, a Florida judge has signed a warrant that allows authorities to search even the DNA of…

Which DNA Databases Are The Best And Worst For Privacy?

Your DNA says a lot about you, and it’s likely that either you or a relative is represented in one of the DNA databases that are now being used to track down criminals. But mailing in a vial of spit does not automatically put you in a database that law…

What You’re Really Agreeing To When You Sign Up For 23andMe Research

What You’re Really Agreeing To When You Sign Up For 23andMe Research

No, they don’t hand your spit to a room full of scientists.Photo: Guang Niu (Getty) 23andMe has reached a deal with pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline, giving the company access to their (your) genetic data to potentially develop new drugs. Did they just sell us all out? Not exactly.