Courts & Justice Law Journal
Advocatus Iustitia Aeque
1 Cts. & Just. L.J.
ARTICLE | VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1
Genetic Standing: The Constitutionality of Familial DNA Searching on Genealogical Research Databases
by Emily M. Strak, Regent University School of Law 2020
1 Cts. & Just. L.J. 44 (2019)
In Carpenter v. United States, the United States Supreme Court recognized that the nation’s cell phone service accounts exceed its population. Comparably, the consumer market for genetic testing is climbing rapidly. In 2017, the most popular direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, Ancestry.com, completed genetic testing on four million people. The second most popular company, 23andMe, held a spot on Amazon’s list of top sellers on Black Friday Weekend for 2017. Whether seeking ancestral origins, uncovering genetic health risks, or determining the likelihood of growing a unibrow, more than fifteen million consumers have submitted some form of their deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company. Upon receiving their results, consumers then may download their “lab-generated information of a DNA sample,” also called raw DNA data. Once downloaded, consumers may upload their raw DNA data to a third-party website to conduct independent genealogy and ancestry research.
Humoud Y. Alfadhli
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