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All your genes are belong to us--but we'll give you music!

Pay $99, spit in the tube, send it off--and Ancestry will get Spotify to make up a playlist, just for you, based on your DNA!  (Well, maybe not exactly based on your DNA, more like "greatest hits of some of your ancestors" type of thing.)

 

Having read the agreement thoroughly, you will, of course, have noticed that by doing so Ancestry claims all rights over your DNA.  Forever.  Yes, the same Ancestry that is part of a group that pretends to be protecting your DNA info but probably isn't.


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Re: All your genes are belong to us--but we'll give you music!

Apparently ancestry no longer use that wording as of April this year  - it does chime with GDPR  paining in, and the text is pretty toxic to their business.

 

Digression...I’ve always(ok rarely, but sometimes) wondered why ownership of copyright of DNA, or at least patents on Gene’s were allowed - the genes the proteins they encode(or indeed the cruft* of lazy junk DNA that does nothin but take up space on its ribosomes couch) existed a long time people started describing them, and it seems that there isn’t much incentive needed for sequencing.

 

* Ok, probably not accurate, or at least highly misleading  -but amusing. David Zindell posits human descendants that had edited out their Junk DNA in his novel Neverness. Quite a few of these post humans were pretty lousy people(for example one group took to wearing rings that denoted competence at poetry and murder). As a result there were laws that stated ‘your DNA belongs to the species**’.

 

** Perhaps humans should have to pay royalties on their genes to their parents for DNA recombination and useful mutation, broken down 51 to 49% in favour of the mother as a nod to mitochondria...