If you’re one of the thousands of people to receive a DNA test kit this Christmas, you have an important decision to make.
There are many genetic tests available, such as finding your immediate or distant ancestry, your genetic predispositions to certain health conditions, or what diets might be most effective for your genes.
While these promise fun trivia, there are many considerations to weigh before submitting your genetic code. Here are just a few.
Once you submit your DNA, you lose control over your genetic privacy. The genetic company now owns your genetic information. Many of these companies have stipulations to sell your genetic information to pharmaceutical or health companies.
Putting Your Family at Risk
Additionally, your known (or unknown) relatives gradually lose their privacy. As more people submit their DNA, companies or forensics are able to fill in the blanks to connect relatives to each other. While this may seem like a good thing, the right to privacy is ultimately lost.
Like any other company, genetic companies are bought, sold, or can go out of business. When this happens, your genetic information can change ownership. There is no guarantee how your DNA will be handled. Even if the original company guaranteed privacy, a new company can sell and exploit your genetic information.
DNA Paternity Testing provides rock-solid answers to important questions like parentage and ancestry. With over 2,000 centers nationwide, DNA Paternity Testing Centers is one of the largest, most affordable networks of accredited DNA testing labs in the United States. Our price is unbeatable without sacrificing quality. We offer DNA testing for paternity, maternity, and all other relationships (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles).