Take-at-home DNA kits have been a popular holiday gift for a decade or more, and this year is no different. If you’re gifted a DNA kit this Christmas season, you might feel inclined to submit your DNA–either from guilt or curiosity. But there are a few things to know before going through the process.
A primary concern is that take-at-home DNA kits have poor security. University of California, Davis law professor Lisa Ikemoto said, “You’re allowing your personal information to be used by others,” Ikemoto said. “That information’s being transferred to third parties. And it’s being used for uses that you never imagined.”
Direct-to-consumer DNA companies like Ancestry and 23andMe store DNA in huge databases. Once you’ve submitted your DNA, you have lost your autonomy and privacy to your own DNA. If a database has a breach, then your genetic information could potentially be stolen.
Additionally, many DNA kits promise answers they can’t provide. Kits that claim to predict future diseases or your ideal weight loss diet may provide some clues to your health but won’t give you a complete picture.
Before submitting your DNA, it’s best to research the pros and cons of your specific kit. If you need rock-solid answers to important questions like parentage and ancestry, DNA Paternity Testing Centers is here to help!
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