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How genetic info is changing the way that police operate—and how we all think about privacy

Such data is being used by the FBI and law enforcement to solve all kinds of crimes, but that cooperation has also kept DNA testing conglomerates in a hard situate, losing them privacy-conscious customers.

In her new notebook” The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are ,” columnist Libby Copeland looking back on how residence DNA testing has implications for categories, for the law enforcement agencies, and for how we are familiar with our own privacy and interconnectedness. The mail-in spit kits Copeland writes about are sometimes known as ” recreational ,” to distinguish them from the genetic tests by doctors, more the technology’s repercussions can be far more than recreational. This excerpt, from a assembly exploring the use of quasi-public DNA databases like GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA to solve violent crimes and mark culprits including the alleged Golden State Killer, explores the tension between privacy and public security.

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