Before you (pay for the privilege) of sending your DNA off 23andMe or Ancestry.com, consider why a private company should collect and store your DNA info. Warrants/police is one reason to think twice, but also health insurance companies knowing your — or your extended family’s — potential predispositions to illness and disease is another, more serious issue. Your cousin sends their DNA off, it’s quite possible your shared DNA could become *your* insurance liability as well. Sadly, this is likely to become to the norm over the next decade :(
Sorry for the Facebook-like scaremongering post. While I’ve been thinking about this for some time this article (from kottke.org) is the first time I’ve seen private DNA information been used for a purpose unlikely to have been on all the DNA-submitters’ minds at the time of sending their saliva off.
Righto, back to regular “farm”-related shenanigans (I now own a pair of ugg boots #truestory). And Happy Friday!