DNA Database Can Identify 60% of Americans, Says Study

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Published on October 16, 2018 - Duration: 01:33s

DNA Database Can Identify 60% of Americans, Says Study

DNA Database Can Identify 60% of Americans, Says Study The percentage pertains to Americans who have European ancestry, even if they haven't submitted their DNA.

The study analyzed the DNA of 1.2 million people who had submitted their genetic information to one of two genealogy websites.

It raises privacy concerns about how police and hackers might use the information.

The chief science officer from MyHeritage Yaniv Erlich, CSO MyHeritage, via NBC News Yaniv Erlich, CSO MyHeritage, via NBC News California police used the tactic to track down and arrest the suspected "Golden State Killer."

The elusive serial killer had evaded capture for decades.

Police were led to Joseph DeAngelo because one of his cousins' DNA was in a genealogy database.

Police extracted DeAngelo's DNA from a disposed tissue.

His DNA matched the DNA collected Shai Carmi, geneticist Hebrew University of Jerusalem, via NBC News

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