Study finds 60% of white U.S. population identifiable using DNA and genealogy websites
A new study has found that 60 per cent of the U.S. population of European descent can be identified via DNA — regardless of whether they have submitted their own.
The study published Thursday by the journal Science has found that 60 per cent of the U.S. population of European descent can be identified by matching with a third cousin or closer match on consumer genetics websites, such as Ancestry.com or 23andMe.com, even if the original person had never joined the site themselves. A third cousin is someone who shares the same great-great-grandparents.
Even more, the report also asserts that the gap is closing, and soon, every person in the U.S. with European descent could be identified in the near future.
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