Re: issues of DNA privacy #dna


Jeffrey Herrmann
 

In the UK, where I live, the 100,000 Genomes project has sequenced the full genomes of 100,000 members of the population.  Researchers are given access to those full sequences, which have been anonymized, for legitimate scientific or medical purposes.  The EU is planning to complete the sequencing of a million genomes by 2022.  An unscrupulous researcher, or anyone who hacked the data downloaded by a scrupulous researcher, could use Erlich‘s methods from 2013 (I incorrectly dated it to 2011 in my original  post) and any newer methods dreamed up in the last seven years to “de-anonymize” those sequenced individuals, using data from genetic genealogy websites.  I am not opining that this is likely to occur, but in my opinion it cannot be ruled out.

Jeffrey Herrmann

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