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Submission + - Genomes May Be Donated for Medical Research, But Not Anonymously

An anonymous reader writes: Dozens of volunteers who anonymously donated their genomic data to a public database for medical research have been identified by a team led by Yaniv Erlich, a former computer security researcher turned geneticist. Erlich's team matched Y chromosomal markers in genomes compiled by the 1000 Genomes Project with non-anonymous genomic databases, for example some assembled from contributions by family tree enthusiasts. After finding a match on a presumed relative of the study participant, the researchers pieced together the relative's family tree through search engines and the like, until they were able to identify the participant based on gender, age, place of birth, and other supposedly "non-identifying" information associated with the genome. The names of the identified participants have not been released.
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Genomes May Be Donated for Medical Research, But Not Anonymously

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