Re: issues of DNA privacy #dna


Jeffrey Herrmann
 

Nine years ago Yaniv Erlich, now at MyHeritage, demonstrated what could then be learned  from a combination of DNA information and public data.  As was subsequently reported:
Erlich and his team tested the idea on a man’s full genome that had been published in 2007.  They used lobSTR to determine the STR profile of the man’s Y chromosome, and then searched a consumer genealogy database called Ysearch until they had matches with a few likely surnames. Public records on one of these surnames linked it to a man fitting the geographic location and age listed in the paper: the genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter. 

Nine years on, how much easier is it to break “anonymity”?

Jeffrey Herrmann

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