This is an email from Pattern Matching, a newsletter by OneZero.
Hello OneZero readers!
You probably know someone who’s taken a DNA test from a company like 23andMe or MyHeritage. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re related to someone who has — millions upon millions of people in the United States alone have spit into that little tube, hoping for all to be revealed.
In the future, they might get more than they bargained for.
“As more people freely use DNA testing kits and upload their genetic profiles to databases to find family members, they could be inadvertently creating a national DNA database — one in which the decision to include your DNA isn’t yours but that of your third or fourth cousin,” OneZero staff writer Emily Mullin writes in a fascinating new feature. Law enforcement can tap into that database to track down suspects (or at least, people they hope are suspects), all sourced from those innocent tests.
As with many things in our rapidly evolving future, there’s a tradeoff to consider. Security versus privacy: Which do you value more?
Thank you for reading — and pondering!
Have a great day. Don’t forget to wash your hands. 🤗
Editor in Chief, OneZero
damon [at] medium [dot] com