Woman Gives Proof She is the Missing Virginia Girl, 21 Years Later

21 year ago, a 7-year-old girl named Brittany Renee Williams from Virginia vanished from her group foster home. She was being treated for AIDS and lived with Kim Parker who ran the group foster home.

A desperate police search began for Williams, who couldn’t survive without her AIDS medication. But after she couldn’t be found, Williams was pronounced dead, given her medical condition.

However, new evidence has been uncovered that Williams is alive and thriving. Williams was adopted and given the name Kaylynn Stevenson and lived most of her life in Ohio. She began researching her family history, trying to make sense of a spotty childhood memory.

Stevenson had many identifying marks on her body, such as surgical scars, catheters, and feeding tube scars that matched the description of Williams’ missing person flyers.

But Stevenson got no answers from her adoptive parents and has still not obtained the legal adoption papers. Additionally, Stevenson doesn’t have AIDS. It was all a facade put on by Parker to be given more grant money.

Stevenson was able to connect with Anastasia McElroy, the first daughter of Williams’ biological mother, Rose Marie Thompson. The resemblance is uncanny. But the two fought for more than facial resemblance and wasted no time getting DNA tests. They have a 95% match of being half-sisters.

Stevenson has now retired her adoptive name and goes by Brittany Renee Williams. She continues to live with her wife and biological daughter in Indiana, putting together the pieces of her past and looking forward to a bright future.

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More Americans Are Identifying As Multiracial. Why?

For those of us who completed the census in 2020, we remember the extensive questions about ourselves and family members, our race, and our financial income.

According to the census, 1 in 10 people couldn’t just check one box for racial identities. This is almost four times more since the last census.

Perhaps one reason for this is increased accessibility to cheap DNA tests.  Before DNA tests, we only knew our heritage based upon what our parents told us, which is what their parents told them, and so on. Now there is a way to scientifically prove our genetic heritage and possible ancestral migrations.

Armed with this new information, 276% more Americans selected more than one box for their genetic heritage. While cheaper DNA kits seem to have influenced the results of the census, it remains to be seen how the census results will change America.

Although cheap DNA kits may be appealing, it’s important to test your DNA with a company that won’t sell your genetic information or allows just anyone to access the database. For whatever reason you choose to test your DNA, you should never have to worry that your genetic information is available to the public. This is where DNA Paternity Testing comes in!

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How to Protect Your Genetic Information

It’s becoming common knowledge that direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA test kit companies don’t always handle DNA with utmost privacy standards. DNA has been used for multiple scams and is sold to third parties. DTC DNA companies have also faced security breaches in which their databases have been hacked and genetic information leaked.

Is there a way to protect your genetic information? Michael Edge, a qualitative and computational biologist at the University of Southern California, helps us understand the security policies of DTC companies.

  1. If users can upload their own genetic data into a database, the database has a greater chance of being hacked or exploited.
  2. Some platforms reveal which genes potential relatives share and how long those genetic sequences are. These platforms release more of your genetic information than you may have signed up for.
  3. If the platform allows users to search for specific segments, they can acquire more information about your genetics, even if they’re not related to you.

While these are all important considerations when choosing a DTC DNA test company, the best way to maintain your privacy is by using DNA Paternity Testing. With DNA Paternity Testing, you don’t have to worry about security breaches, HIPAA violations, or databases. Your genetic results are safe with you–and safe with us.

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What Happens to DNA Submitted to DTC Companies?

Using a direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA test has many draws. You could discover long-lost relatives, learn your heritage, or possibly what health conditions you might encounter in the future.

However, experts like Michael Edge, a qualitative and computational biologist at the University of Southern California, caution that using DTC tests is a gamble with your most private information–your DNA.

Edge compares your DNA with other private information such as your social security number or credit card number. While a hacker could wreak havoc by obtaining your social security number or credit card number, these don’t give the hacker an increasing knowledge of your personhood. On the other hand, as science evolves, the DNA you submit to DTC becomes more and more valuable because they can extract increasingly more information from it.

Some DTC companies share your genetic information with third parties by default. But companies who require consent to share data aren’t innocent; these companies take one consent and apply it to all other third-party partnerships.

In 2017, one study found that 35 of 90 companies DTC companies had no protocol on how they would handle biological samples or genetic data.

To summarize what has been said: it all comes back to money. DTC DNA companies first sell you a product to uncover some whimsical or practical information. But then, these companies sell off your genetic information to third-party companies. Finally, DTC companies can continue to make a profit off your DNA for decades to come as we learn more about human DNA.

If you’re looking for genetic information, don’t turn to a DTC DNA test. Instead, submit your DNA sample through DNA Paternity Testing. We take privacy very seriously and don’t sell your genetic information to third parties.

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Father and Son Reunited After Kidnapping

24 years ago, Guo Xinzhen was kidnapped from his front yard by human traffickers. Guo’s father vowed to never stop searching for his son.

The event happened in 1997 when Guo was kidnapped from his home in Shandong, China, by a female suspect named Tang. Tang and her partner sold Guo to a neighboring province called Henan.

True to his word, Guo’s father traveled over 310,000 miles on his motorbike. His dedication to finding his son inspired the film “Lost and Love.”

“Only on the road, I felt I am a father,” he told the Shandong-based Qilu News in 2015 before the movie was released. “I have no reason to stop (searching). And it’s impossible for me to stop.”

But it wasn’t until recently when genetic testing was able to track down and confirm Guo as the missing son.

The reunification was able to be broadcasted on Chinese state television CCTV. Father and son exchanged a tearful embrace, and Guo’s mother could be heard saying “My baby, you came back.”

Guo’s father proudly told the watching audience, “Now that the child has been found, everything can only be happy from now on.”

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Alaska Seeks to Collect Thousands of DNA Samples

Alaskan law enforcement is required by law to collect DNA samples from all people charged with a crime against another person or a felony. However, this hasn’t happened in thousands of cases over the past 25 years. In fact, more than 21,000 DNA samples are missing from crimes.

Determined to reduce the rate of sexual assaults and other violent crimes, Alaskan Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that law enforcement will collect the missing data and begin correctly obtaining new data.

“Government has an obligation to follow the law,” he said. “And regardless of the many reasons that these DNA collections were missed, we are focused on making our … state a safer place to live.”

Dunleavy rightly pointed out that it’s not fair to the victims for their cases to be dropped or not receive a resolution in a timely manner.

“We want to get the kits processed timely, we want to get back to victims timely and we want to collect this DNA to help us solve those crimes,” he said.

This is an overwhelming amount of data to collect, so Alaskan law enforcement will start with those convicted of violent and sex crimes, which is about 600 people. It’s admirable that the state is seeking to hold its criminals accountable.

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Family Reunited After 60 Years

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: to have your child stolen. That’s what happened to Betty Jones sixty years ago.

While Jones was giving birth to his younger sibling, 2-year-old Lewis Thompson was stolen by his babysitter and given to an older couple. Thompson grew up as an only child knowing that he was adopted.

Thompson’s adopted father died when he was 14, and his adopted mother went psychotic a few months later and was committed to an asylum. Thompson spent the next four years in foster care until he became a shoe salesman at 18. Thompson met his wife while attending a shoe conference in Las Vegas. They married in 2009 and moved to her home in Australia.

Thompson’s wife, Christine, prompted him to take a DNA test and he agreed. That’s when he was matched with his brother Lammie and the whole story unfolded. In a dramatic twist, the brothers discovered they had lived a block apart their whole childhood.

“I lived on 138th [in Harlem], and my family lived on 139th,” said Thompson. “When I was 8 or 9 years old, a friend asked me if I had a sister. He said he’d seen a girl ‘round the corner at Miss Susie’s candy store, who looked just like me. I saw her one time, too, and agreed. But it didn’t occur to me that we might be related.”

They were in fact related; that girl was his older sister, Wanda.

Even with their close proximity, the siblings had never met as kids because Thompson went to public school and his siblings went to Catholic school. Thompson’s mother was careful to keep her children off the Harlem streets, and Thompson was required to be inside when the street lights came on.

But now, the siblings have reunited and their family is complete.

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DNA Tests for Dogs

DNA technology is always expanding, and now it has expanded to your favorite furry pets. That’s right, if you enjoyed the thrill of uncovering your ancestry, you can experience the same excitement from learning your dog’s ancestry, as well.

Similar to human take-at-home tests, simply swab the inside of your dog’s cheek and sending it to be analyzed. The most prestigious dog DNA kit companies give you an analysis of breed and genetic health risks.

Dog DNA databases have skyrocketed in the last decade. One direct-to-consumer company, Wisdom Panel, has tested the DNA of over 2.5 million pets since its launch in 2007.

Each dog has their own personality traits and quirks. These are some of the things we love most about our pets. But DNA testing can give you greater insight into these traits. For instance, certain behavioral tendencies can be attributed to a certain breed.

Most importantly, dog DNA kits give us the information we need to help our dogs live their happiest, healthiest lives. With the genetic information, you can know what to expect as your dog ages and what can make them the most comfortable and happy.

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DNA Helps Man Reunite With Nine Siblings

A typical reunification story usually involves an individual finding a parent or a couple of siblings. But this story is exponentially bigger and more fun!

Duane Weaver grew up in Mankato, Minnesota with a younger brother and older half-brother. Weaver wasn’t aware that he had been adopted.

“Growing up I really didn’t have a clue,” he said.

The world as Weaver knew it changed about 15 years ago when he received a call from an adoption agency informing him that he might have another biological sibling who had been adopted and if he would like contact information.

Weaver agreed and met his first sister, whom his mother had as a teenager and put up for adoption. The adoption agency also said that he had other siblings that had been adopted, but for years, Weaver didn’t have any leads on his other siblings.

Then last year, Genna Batycki reached out to Weaver because she had sent her DNA to the 23andMe and learned she and Weaver shared some relatives. Weaver sent in his own DNA and learned he and Batycki’s father, Chuck Roseberry, were half brothers.

The 23andMe report also revealed Weaver had another half-sibling, however, he has not been able to contact her and he is not sure if she is still living.

Finally, Weaver was able to determine his biological father, Earl Kleist, had six other children. So far, Weaver has met or talked to two of those new siblings. Between his mother and father, in total, Weaver discovered nine new siblings in total!

With the pandemic, Weaver is cautious to not pressure families into reunification if they’re not interested in welcoming them into their lives at this time.

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New Laws in Maryland and Montana Protect Consumer DNA

Whether it’s exploring your heritage, learning your country of origin, or finding your parents, DNA testing has many benefits. However, it’s crucial when doing a DNA test to pick a company that takes the utmost care to protect your privacy.

Unfortunately, direct-to-consumer DNA companies like 23andMe, Ancestry, GEDmatch, and FamilyTreeDNA all come with a high risk of a security breach. Not only do these companies sell your genetic information to drug and pharmaceutical companies, but their databases can be hacked, packages can be intercepted in the mail, and your genetic information can be used in scams.

Additionally, these companies allow police to use their databases for forensic purposes. However, Maryland and Montana are taking a stand on the authorization of police to access genetic databases.

Starting October 1, Maryland will require law enforcement to get a judge’s sign-off before using genetic databases. It will also limit its use to serious crimes like murder, kidnapping, and human trafficking, and investigators can only use databases that explicitly warn users that their information might be used to investigate crimes.

Similarly, Montana law enforcement would need a warrant before accessing a genetic database unless the users waived their rights to privacy.

These are important steps towards protecting our privacy. However, there’s another way around the system. DNA Paternity Testing values your privacy, so you can rest assured that your genetic information is safe with us. We never sell genetic information to other companies and are HIPAA-compliant.

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