Privacy and accuracy concerns with DNA kits

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With DNA kits being a popular item this holiday season we looked into any privacy and accuracy concerns users should have when they use them.

Both local genealogist Maggie Young and Associate Professor of Biochemestry at Elmira College Dr. Betsy Smith expressed privacy concerns with sending personal information to companies like 23andMe. 

They also say that these tests shouldn’t be the end-all be-all of your health or research goals.

“If you like to go running you don’t need to start weight lifting because it tells you. If you’re not worried about privacy concerns, could make for a fun hour of looking,” said Dr. Smith.

“Taking a DNA test isn’t a substitute for doing the detective work. You might get a match but then you might (find) a bunch of cousins,”  said Young, a local historian at the Steele Memorial Library.

For that local research you, should visit the Steele Memorial Library or your local genealogist.

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