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‘Deleted’ DNA Data Just Reappeared on a Popular Database

The incident raises questions about how much control people have over their genetic data

Red chromosome exhibit surrounding the ‘Live Science’ area of the ‘Who Am I?’ Gallery at the Science Museum in London.

Over the past few years, the online DNA database GEDmatch has become a powerful tool for solving cold cases. Founded in 2010 to help adoptees and genealogy enthusiasts find biological relatives, the site shot to prominence…



Future Human is a science publication from Medium about the survival of our species. It is run by the OneZero editorial team, which also publishes stories about major forces in technology through its namesake publication and stories about gadgets on Debugger.

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Emily Mullin

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.