A new article in Slate describes a case of non-paternity unearthed as a result of a 23andme scan.
The perils of personal genomics.
I expect a bit of chatter from the genoscenti. I’ll collect responses below if I see them. I agree that the actual studies of non-paternity show values that are all over the map. But I suspect that there are going to be a lot of people affected by this who didn’t see it coming. And many of those stories will be quiet and private, and won’t be widely known. Some will turn into Jerry Springer, perhaps.
But I know of cases where this has already had serious impact, like the woman who was thrown out of her tribe as a result of her DNA test. This is a very heated topic in some circles: Tribal Enrollment and Genetic Testing Resources.
All I could think of was this:
Is this the future of genomics ? pic.twitter.com/sXVfrhyWIy
— Olivier Elemento (@ElementoLab) May 4, 2013