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Internet, DNA trail may allow for stealing of identities, privacy breaches

January 18, 2013

Internet, DNA trail may allow for stealing of identities, privacy breaches

DNA could make identities vulnerable.

A group of scientists have released a study that identified 50 men who had previously donated DNA anonymously. The study, which was published in the journal Science, has sparked controversy over whether anonymous donations are really hidden from the public.

The DNA that was analyzed in this study belonged to 50 men who were told that identifying information would not be revealed, but that their identities may be revealed in future studies. All of the donors that were identified had taken place in the Thousand Genomes Project.

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