Who Has Your DNA? Why Data Privacy Is the Next Battleground in Consumer Genetics

Who Has Your DNA? Why Data Privacy Is the Next Battleground in Consumer Genetics

Genetics is changing the world as we know it, and not only in the realm of healthcare and medical science. Whether it’s 23andMe delivering specific details about our ancestry, genetic science being used to united people who have been switched at birth, or even DNA information being used to catch the Golden State Killer, there is much that genomics can now accomplish.

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RNA Is Becoming the New DNA, Opening New Doors in Medicine

RNA Is Becoming the New DNA, Opening New Doors in Medicine

If a person’s DNA is the roadmap of their lifetime health, their RNA is more of a real-time barometer, recording what happens in their body on a minute-by-minute basis. Our DNA stores and transfers genetic information, but remains little changed throughout our lives. At best, it can tell us about the probability we will someday develop various diseases — whether or not we will get cancer, for instance, or be susceptible to diabetes or heart disease — but it  can’t tell us much about our current health.

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