January 21, 2013

People Who Donated 'Anonymous' Genomes ID'd

Greg Miller, Wired


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Most people participate in genomic research because they hope the DNA they offer up will help scientists uncover the roots of human diversity and disease. They generally expect to remain anonymous. But they may not be.

Researchers armed with little more than an internet connection identified nearly 50 people who participated in a large genomic study based on some of the participants’ genomes and other publicly accessible information.

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TAGGED: Bioethics, Privacy Concerns, DNA Sequence, Genome Sequence, Genome

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