Has someone stolen your genome?

05 March 2020

Interview with 

Michael Edge, University of California Davis

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DNA databases containing the sequence data of millions of individuals

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A common trend at the moment is to get your DNA sequenced; often you learn how much Neanderthal is in you, that you’ve got Irish, Welsh and Cossack ancestry, and some of these resources also let you know about things like disease risk genes. Some people go further and upload their genome to a range of online platforms that use the sequence data to do things like reunite you with your long lost relatives. But, as UC Davis researcher Michael Edge explains to Chris Smith, many of these platforms are vulnerable to some simple exploits, so there’s a very danger that you could end up with your genome getting hacked and stolen…

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