You need to know this before submitting DNA for genealogy testing


REPORTER: LOERA HAS A PASSION
FOR GENEALOGY, AND 2013, SET AS
A SAMPLE FROM THE COMPANY
23-AND-ME. LARA FOUND OUT SHE HAD A BRCA-2
MUTATION OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE
BREAST CANCER GENE.>>I WENT IN FOR SPECIAL
SCREENING WHICH FOUND THAT I
ALREADY HAD STAGE ONE CANCER. REPORTER: THAT IS NOT THE ONLY
REMARKABLE DISCOVERY SHE MADE. SHE ALSO SENT A DISCOVERY TO
FAMILY TREE DNA, AND SEVERAL
NAMES POPPED UP AS RELATED TO
HER.>>IT TURNED OUT THAT HIS
GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WAS MY
GRANDMOTHER’S AND THAT WE ALL
THOUGHT HAVE BEEN KILLED IN
HOLOCAUST. REPORTER: BUT SHE HAD NOT DIED
IN THE HOLOCAUST. SHE SETTLED IN DETROIT, RAISED A
FAMILY OF CHILDREN.>>IT HAS BEEN REALLY COOL
SHARING THIS WITH THEM AND
GETTING TO KNOW A CLOSE PART OF
THE FAMILY WE DID NOT KNOW
EXISTED. REPORTER: BUT THIS DR. CAUTIONS.>>THERE ARE A RANGE OF ISSUES
THAT PEOPLE NEED TO THINK ABOUT. REPORTER: HE SAYS BESIDE THE
POTENTIAL OF UNEARTHING
LONG-BURIED FAMILY SECRETS,
THERE’S THE ISSUE OF WHAT
HAPPENS TO YOUR DATA. KAHN SAYS MANY CONSUMERS DON’T
REALIZE IF YOU AGREE TO ALL THE
TERMS, YOUR INFORMATION IS
LIKELY SOLD.>>THAT IS ACTUALLY THE BUSINESS
MODEL FOR THESE COMPANIES. BRINGING TOGETHER THE DATA OF
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND SO ACCESS
TO IT. THAT IS HOW THEY ARE MAKING
MONEY. IT’S NOT THE $99 THEY CHARGE. SO YOU HAVE GIVEN UP CONTROL OF
YOUR DATA WHEN YOU SWAP YOUR
CHEEK AND SEND IT OFF TO THE
TESTING COMPANY. REPORTER: AND DR. KAHN
EMPHASIZES YOUR’E NOT JUST
TESTING YOURSELF BUT YOUR FAMILY
MEMBERS AS WELL. NO ONE KNOWS THAT MORE THAN
JOSEPH DEANGELO, THE MAN
AUTHORITIES BELIEVE IS THE
GOLDEN STATE KILLER. AFTER FLYING UNDER THE RADAR FOR
DECADES, INVESTIGATORS WERE ABLE
TO ZERO-IN ON DEANGELO BY
MATCHING DNA FROM THE CRIME
SCENE TO A DNA SAMPLE ONE OF
DEANGELO’S DISTANT RELATIVES PROVIDED TO A GENEOLOGY WEBSITE. LARA DIAMOND’S EXPERIENCE WITH
DNA TEST KITS WAS EXTREMELY
POSITIVE BUT SHE ADVISES, READ
THE FINE PRINT, AND BRACE
YOURSELF FOR WHAT YOU MAY FIND
OUT.>>PEOPLE GET VERY SURPRISING
RESULTS, AND YOU HAVE TO
REALIZE, IT IS A POSSIBILITY. BUT FOR ME, IT WAS WORTH I

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