Spittle and Swabs: How DNA Testing Puts You at Risk

Online DNA and genealogy databases are multi-billion dollar industries offering a glimpse into one’s ancestry and heritage. GEDmatch, for example, provides search capabilities for ancestry, lost family members, and cold cases. It’s little wonder that armchair detectives eagerly attempt to solve crimes with open source DNA. GEDmatch is owned by Verogen, Inc., a forensic science sequencing company—making the game all that more interesting. Genetic detectives are popping up everywhere, even on the ABC television network.

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