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13-million-person family tree created from genealogy databases

by Futures Centre, Apr 12
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Yaniv Erlich, a geneticist at Columbia University has recently created a 13-million-person family tree thanks to his work with MyHeritage, a genealogy company. Erlich used the data from public profiles on the crowdsourced genealogy website Geni.com to create the tree, and has been dubbed the “genome hacker” for his work to identify certain study participants using only public information from consumer genealogy databases.

 

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