Friday, 18 January 2013

Search of DNA sequences reveals full identities

S.O.T.T: The genetic data posted online seemed perfectly anonymous - strings of the billions of DNA letters from more than 1,000 people in a study. But all it took was a little clever sleuthing on the Web for a genetics researcher to zero in on the identities of five people he randomly selected. Not only that, he found their entire families, even though the relatives had no part in the study - identifying nearly 50 people. "We are in what I call an awareness moment," said Eric D. Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of more>>>...