February 7, 2013

A Privacy Risk in Your DNA

New policies are needed to safeguard participants' identity in genetic studies, cautions TAU researcher

The growing ease of DNA sequencing has led to enormous advancements in the scientific field. Through extensive networked databases, researchers can access genetic information to gain valuable knowledge about causative and preventative factors for disease, and identify new targets for future treatments. But the wider availability of such information also has a significant downside — the risk of revealing personal information.