The Unintended Consequences Of At-Home DNA Tests


GETS BETTER . WELCOME BACK TO WFOR CBS 4 MIAMI, WE HAVE THE NEWS, WEATHER AND TRAFFIC YOU NEED EVERY DAY, THROUGHOUT THE DAY. DNA HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS A LOT TODAY. MOST RECENTLY HELPING TO FIND A SERIAL KILLER IN CALIFORNIA, A DNA PROFILE UPLOADED TO A PUBLIC SITE LED POLICE TO THE SUSPECT, THE TESTS SOMETIMES HAVE A DARK SUED. WE HAVE THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR DNA. Reporter: FUN WITH THE DAVIS GROUP, THEY ARE SENDING IN THEIR DNA SEPARATELY, THEY CHANGED THEIR NAMES TO ETHNIC SOUNDING NAMES, WOULD THESE COMPANIES LINK THE FAMILY TO ONE ANOTHER, BOTH COMPANIES SUCCESSFULLY LINKED THE FAMILY. HOW ACCURATE ARE THE TESTS. THEY ARE VERY GOOD. THIS DNA EXPERT SAID THE TESTS ARE ACCURATE AND CAN BE FUN BUT BE PREPARED TO FIND OUT SOMETHING THAT MAY NOT BE COMFORTABLE FOR YOU. MAYBE A DARK FAMILY SECRET, YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOUR FAMILY TOLD YOU OR IF YOU MAKE YOUR DNA PROFILE PUBLIC, LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY FIND IT. LAW ENFORCEMENT RELIED ON DNA TO TRACK DOWN A SUSPECTED MURDERER AND RAPIST AFTER FINDING A RELATIVE’S PUBLIC DNA PROFILE. YOUR DNA CAN ALSO EXPOSE IF YOU ARE ADOPTED OR HAVE A DIFFERENT TAD. GENETIC TESTS UNCOVERED THAT A FERTILITY DOCTOR IN ILLINOIS FATHERED DOZENS OF CHILDREN. SHARED WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE LIKE INSURANCE COMPANIES OR EMPLOYERS, THIS INFORMATION COULD BE DEVASTATING. IF THEY KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER’S, THEY MAY NOT HIRE YOU. ONCE YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR DNA, YOU HAVE GIVEN IT AND THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION. FOR THE QUADS, IT WAS A FUN EXPERIMENT. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. DNA TESTS CAN ALSO REVEAL IF YOU ARE AT RISK FOR CERTAIN HEALTH RISKS BUT YOU ARE ENCOURAGING TO CONSULT WITH A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, ALSO HAVE

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