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Millions of people send their DNA to companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA because they want to find their long-lost siblings, discover their genetic predispositions, or become informed about potential health issues. All good things.
But people who trust these mega-corporations with their genetic codes may get more than they bargained for.
Geneticist Razib Khan joins James Poulos on "Zero Hour" to discuss what he calls “the candid truth” regarding developments in genetic research and the implications of sending your DNA to these types of companies.
“If you really care about your genetic privacy,” he says, “don’t do it, because no matter the assurances they give you, don’t believe it. …This is just, like, the candid truth.”
“There have been some issues with China,” he continues.
After investing heavily in genomics, a nascent field of study that emerged about twenty years ago, China has “created a genomic superpower,” Khan says.
He brings up companies like “Novogene, which [operates] in the United States,” and “the issues with data security” that have been swept under the rug.
Specifically, “There were some issues with American companies that used [Novogene’s] machines. … There’s evidence that some of that data was taken to China,” he explains.
“From what I know, [China does] have a lot of American genomes.”
Looks like cellphone data isn’t the only information we need to be concerned about.
Watch the full clip here.
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