Recently, a study that looks at the correlation between genetics and sexuality has been published.
In an article posted by the Guardian, it says that there were around 500,000 participants in this study – 68,000 of which came from data collected by the company 23andMe.
When using the service provided by 23andMe, you must send in a sample of your saliva – this is where the DNA is extracted from in order to do genetic testing. After registering the saliva sample, you are asked if you’d prefer your sample to be stored or discarded.
You are not asked the same question about your genetic data and the DNA extracted from the sample.
In the “biobanking consent document”, it says:
“By choosing to have 23andMe store either your saliva sample or DNA extracted from your saliva, you are consenting to having 23andMe and its contractors access and analyse your stored sample, using the same or more advanced technologies.”
This makes it unclear what 23andMe has the ability to store and how it can use your DNA information. The document further states that 23andMe have the right to store your saliva or DNA sample for up to 10 years.
Should companies like 23andMe be more clear on how they are going to use your DNA information?
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