A Hacked Database Prompts Debate about Genetic Privacy
Linking a human genome in an anonymous sequencing database to its real-world counterpart wasn’t supposed to be possible.
Yaniv Erlich, a geneticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, apparently never got the memo. In the end all it took him and M.I.T. undergraduate student Melissa Gymrek to decipher the identity of 50 individuals whose DNA is available online in free-access databases was a computer and an Internet connection.