In the news in my neck of the woods, a 43-year old crime in Wisconsin was recently solved by analyzing DNA from consumer sites that had been uploaded by family members of the perpetrator:
Last year, detectives contacted Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company whose work with genetic genealogy analysis has helped police identify 55 suspects in cold cases nationwide since May 2018, according to the company. Parabon uploads DNA from crime scenes to GEDmatch, a free, public genealogy database with about 1.2 million profiles, all voluntarily submitted by people who’ve used consumer genealogy sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe.
I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on this use of data, or on consumer genealogy in general.
Here’s the full story: Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Wisconsin town