April 1, 2020
Are Home DNA Kits Hiding a Secret?

Are Home DNA Kits Hiding a Secret?

Personal data doesn’t get much more personal
than this- that’s your DNA. Consumer testing companies promise that in
exchange for a vial of spit and a fee, they’ll reveal your heritage and clues to your health. Called direct-to-consumer genetic testing,
the industry has grown in popularity- sales are projected to triple in the next five years. But watch out. After the test is done, those companies still
have your genetic data, and there are few limits to what they can do with it. If you read the privacy and the terms of use
policies for any of these genetic testing companies, they actually outline for you very
clearly all the reasons you might want to really think hard before you participate in
them// Recently 23andMe struck a deal with GlaxoSmithKline to provide them data to develop
drugs// that is a huge part of the business. These agreements, which consumers must sign,
also say the companies may have to share data with law enforcement if compelled by a court
order. They haven’t yet complied with any requests,
but they may not need to: Police in Sacramento County, California, believe they cracked the
long-cold case of the Golden State Killer by matching DNA from a crime scene to one
of his relatives through an open-source genealogy website. In 2008, Congress passed GINA – or The Genetic
Information Nondiscrimination Act — which is meant to bar employers and health insurers
from using people’s genetic information against them. But there are some loopholes in that law. For example, life insurers could use your
genetic information to decide whether to offer you a policy or not. But at least the products do what they advertise,
right? Welllllll, yes and no. Brown: One thing that they can definitely
100 percent tell you, is other people that you’re closely related to// But after that
you get declining accuracy for basically every other application of genetic testing For example, breast cancer. You get a test result back that says you’re
negative for one kind of breast cancer, but, maybe you are at risk for other kinds of breast
cancers, cause there’s thousands of markers for these conditions and they’re not all well
understood. Some consumer DNA companies also claim to
be able to give you further health insights. The science is just not there in those roles
to effectively say how you should be exercising or eating or what skin care products you should
be using based on your DNA. Even if you decide a DNA test isn’t for
you, you might want to convince your relatives, as well: Their DNA could inadvertently reveal
a lot about you, too.. So remember before spitting into that tube:
It’s not just personal, it’s familial.

32 thoughts on “Are Home DNA Kits Hiding a Secret?

  1. A friend of mine did one of these and I told her it was insane. Why anyone would do this with some random company is beyond me.

  2. That's why I use the National Geografic dna test. That one just gives you info about your origins…. not your health. And I trust a lot more Nat Geo that I would any of the mentioned companies.

  3. They want people to get DNA to find out who is a descendent of Hebrew to kill them because by the bones they can resurrect a dead person..why people want to find out something that they're going to lie to you about your descendants,just like school they're looking for geniuses for the elites!!

  4. So don’t it because it’ll help us develop medicine and put away murderers? Also companies like 23andMe can’t tell you you’re at risk for things like breast cancer. You’d have to go through a genetic counselor and they would educate you about the accuracy of your results and what certain markers mean if they’re not fully understood. Companies can tell you “fun” health facts like if you’re more likely to sneeze when you look at the sun or have curly hair but even with that information it’s clearly stated that it’s not 100% accurate. For example- “you are 50% more likely to have curly hair”. As for discrimination companies do state they can’t share your health info with your employers or insurance companies. But again, that may be different with genetic testing through a hospital to screen for a disease

  5. Sounds like theres a market for a DNA company that will fully respect their costumers anonymized data. Maybe one that will not even ask for your name.

  6. They could fix this problem by just giving a precomputed random code, then you can check your DNA results online without giving them any information. CopyRighted

  7. I have no doubt that, if I tick off the government enough, the blood that I donated last year will be found at a murder scene.

  8. consumers are just fucking stupid for giving away their most sacred data, their dna. for what, for some 'ancestry' bullshit, who gives a fuck. stupid consumers.

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