Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna


Jan Meisels Allen
 

This article may be of interest on DNA testing    The Hidden Personal Cost of Genealogy Websites

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-online-mind/202102/the-hidden-personal-cost-genealogy-websites

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Adam Cherson
 

Many of the issues raised are magnified by Full Genome Sequencing. The types of limited testing done for genealogical purposes produce only a narrow band of genetic data.

Whether the pros of genetic genealogy outweigh the cons is a personal decision. In my experience the primary psychological benefits, greater  and more accurate self-knowledge, and meaningful social connection with fellow researchers and previously unknown family, have exceeded the risks/costs enumerated in the article.
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Adam Cherson


Sarah L Meyer
 

I do not believe that the author of this article is familiar with US health insurance law, which prohibits the results of DNA testing to be used in health insurance.  
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Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


Jx. Gx.
 

One of the key takeaways from this article is the following:

"Is genetic information protected?

In some places (like the European Union), genetic data is protected as personal information. In others (like the US) it's a different story. In America, protections are strong for DNA if it's submitted to a doctor, but non-existent if it's posted off to a commercial genealogy website."

The lure of possibly uncovering some morsel of family history blinds many people to the potential dangers of giving away one's DNA.  Many years ago I railed against giving out one's Social Security number on applications that had no business asking for that data. People I spoke to at the time seemed to think I was paranoid.  Now we see how SSNs can be used to steal one's identity.  I don't trust any company that makes big promises to protect your DNA,  For the right price they will turn on that promise. 

Jeffrey Gee
Arizona, USA