Thursday, November 03, 2005

Taking DNA Privacy to the Next Level

Earlier this year I wrote about how genealogical information could be used for DNA re-identification purposes.

It seems that some of my prophesies, albeit in a twisted manner, are coming true. Several people (namely Bedirhan Cinar and Spike Gronim) have drawn my attention to a recent story in which Y chromosome databases, constructed from "anonymous" semen donors, are being used by the children of the donors to find their biological fathers.

Oh what an untangled web we unweave...


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