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those home-DNA tests for ancestry, ethnicity, health, etc: What R U giving up?

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by leashedForLife, May 25, 2018.

  1. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    What happens to your genetic data when you take a commercial DNA ancestry test? – CitiGen

    There's a lotta small print attached to those home-kits for DNA sampling, & most folks don't think of privacy concerns or "owning their data" when they buy them, or even when they sign the forms & send in the sample.
    This is a problem - even tho the person submitting their sample doesn't know it.

    One's DNA is a highly-personal wealth of info, from health conditions to ethnic origin, race, potential health risks [markers for cancer-susceptibility, atherosclerosis, & more], mental health, heritable conditions we can pass to our children, & more.
    Our DNA can be valuable to researchers - who can generate profits & patent devices or processes, based on use of our DNA. It can make us more employable, or LESS employable - it can raise our insurance rates; it can make us welcome or unwelcome, depending upon the biases or preferences of the 3rd party who sees yer stuff.

    Imagine losing yer job, due to a POTENTIAL health issue that hasn't even manifested yet. How would U feel? Shocked, angry, depressed, outraged? - What would U do?

    Or finding that someone patented a segment of your D.N.A., profited from it, & U get nothing - despite what seems to be a pretty-clear infringement of yer ownership?
    I mean, nobody else "made" that DNA but Ur parents, & it's undeniably Urs - as it's Ur own tissue-profile, unique to U.

    There's a new DNA-profiling company that's raising money from investors, & they will not only protect Ur ownership, they will collect royalties for U if any company uses Ur DNA - in research, in applications, in developing or manufacturing products, whatever.
    Basically, they'll act as agents representing their customers' interests.

    - terry

  2. arealhuman

    arealhuman Well-Known Member Registered

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    Same old stuff - I'm sure over here the cops could get access to this stuff if they wanted it (and probably already have done so). A lot of personal and biometric data is already held illegally - as ruled by the courts - by our police force/Home Office, I'm surprised they haven't arrested themselves! Oh, wait, it's us who are supposed to follow the law, not them ;)
    Flobo and leashedForLife like this.

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