Re: The Math Behind a Lack of Genetic Privacy #dna


I dunno about the “how easy” part when the individual is Ashkenazi Jewish.  I noted that on the Finding Your Roots episode with George R. R. Martin as a subject, they determined from his DNA that his grandfather wasn’t the Italian fellow expected, but some unknown Ashkenazi Jewish man. At that point in the program, with folks of English/German/random Western European descent, they usually whip out the other DNA relatives they’ve found and their determination of who the unknown ancestor really was. But here with presumably the resources to use the best DNA detectives, they couldn’t identify the grandfather.

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ

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