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Noon Edition Revisited: The Popularity Of At-Home DNA Testing

Note: the audio for this show will be available on December 21, 2018

Millions of Americans have used at-home DNA testing kits like this one from 23 and Me (Wikimedia Commons)

Noon Edition airs Fridays at 12:00 p.m. on WFIU.

This week’s show originally aired January 19, 2018. Since it is prerecorded, we will not take questions on-air.

This holiday season, many Americans will receive at-home genetic tests as gifts.

Roughly a third of Americans indicated they or a family member considered genetic testing in an NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll in Decemeber 2017, while millions have submitted their DNA for testing.

By submitting a sample of their saliva, a person can find out more information about their heritage or a predisposition to some diseases.

Despite the beneficial possibilities of at-home testing, some experts are worried about this data falling into the wrong hands.

This week on Noon Edition, we revisit a discussion of the rising popularity of at-home DNA testing.


Matthew Hahn: Director of the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, Bloomington, IN

Frederika Kaestle: Associate Professor, IU Department of Anthropology

Brad Shear: Lawyer and Privacy Expert, Shear Law, Bethesda, MD

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