The use of home DNA testing kits is increasing. You can purchase cheaper accommodation based on your ancestry results and generate a 'unique diet plan' based on your genetics. Criminals from cases over thirty years ago are being caught because of a family member's profile.
How did something only really seen on CSI become part of our daily lives? Should corporate companies really be using our biology for discounts? What do the DNA results actually show?
Join a panel of experts, chaired by Sara Abdulla, as they explore how these kits work, the accuracy results and the ethics behind using your profile for commercials discounts and catching killers.
About the speakers
Debbie Kennett is a surname researcher and genetic genealogist. She is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at UCL. She has recently worked on 'using genetic genealogy databases in missing persons cases and to develop suspect leads in violent crimes'.
She is the author of two books published by the History Press: 'The Surnames Handbook' (2012) and 'DNA and Social Networking' (2011).
Aylwyn Scally is a researcher in human evolutionary genetics at the University of Cambridge. Originally trained in theoretical physics, he uses computational and mathematical methods with large-scale genetic data. His work has included the first assembly and analysis of the gorilla genome, research on the evolution of human, Neanderthal and great-ape populations, and understanding the rate of human germline mutation.
Your chair for the evening,Sara Abdulla is the Chief Opinion Editor at Nature, London.
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