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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Help with Privacy Issues/Concerns
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:42:18 -0400
References: <003201c90386$a8eb1750$6601a8c0@Janet>
In-Reply-To: <003201c90386$a8eb1750$6601a8c0@Janet>

I would only allow someone to be "anonymous" to the public, never to me. And I
agree that a pedigree is crucial.

When the subject dies, ownership of the sample reverts to the subject's heirs.
I don't know if a "permission" signed by the subject would survive their demise,
but I can't imagine having the hutspah to ask a member for one, especially if
they're elderly. Once the member is deceased, I think you would need to get
permission from the heir to test further. Of course, I'm not an attorney...


> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:] On Behalf Of ljcrain2
> Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:09 AM
> To: Genealogy DNA List
> Subject: Re: [DNA] Help with Privacy Issues/Concerns
> The only way I would allow someone to be anonymous is if they
> submitted a pedigree. Otherwise their results are useless to
> the project. And they should not be receiving a group discount.
> This raises a good point about donors purchasing tests. Often
> the "participant" is elderly and I know of several who are
> now deceased. We are not getting written permission for
> future testing. And maybe we should be.
> Janet Crain

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