Researchers Warn Against DNA Sequencing Privacy Risks

Researchers Warn Against DNA Sequencing Privacy Risks


Researchers have recently cautioned that DNA sequencers, such as those used in the 2016 Zika outbreak in Brazil, may pose privacy risks.

While these USB-sized sequencers, such as the MinION from Oxford Nanopore Technologies, offer invaluable help in tracking the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, researchers also warn that they contain metagenomic data which can potentially be used to work out where an individual lives, or who they have a close relationship with.

Researchers also point out that when using apps such as DNA sequencers, people have the tendency to sign away their personal data and worry about the implications later.
Source: MenaFN

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