Subscriber Account active since. The recent arrest in one of California's most infamous serial-killer cases was based in large part on a DNA sample submitted to a genetics website by a distant relative of the suspect. If that news has you concerned about the security of your own genetic material , you may be wondering how to delete it from genetic databases kept by popular genetics testing companies like 23andMe and Ancestry. But a similar company called Family Tree DNA could likely accept hair or blood, according to Joe Fox, an administrator for one of the company's surname projects. Never miss out on healthcare news. Subscribe to Dispensed , our weekly newsletter on pharma, biotech, and healthcare.
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Deleting your Ancestry account permanently deletes all information on your account, including family trees, records, photos, and DNA results. Account deletion permanently erases all your personal data from our systems, and that data will no longer be accessible. If you wish to download your family tree, DNA Data, health information, or other notes or files you have saved to Ancestry, you must do so before deleting your account. Once you delete your account, you will lose access to your account and to all related data, effective immediately. Once you've deleted your account, neither you nor Ancestry can stop or reverse the process. Because account deletion is permanent and irreversible, we encourage you to read through steps 1—10 before beginning the account deletion process. Once you click Delete Account , you'll receive an email confirming that your account deletion has been initiated.
How do I delete my account?
Yes, it is your DNA. Please note that removing your results from our database is permanent and cannot be undone once complete. We will not be able to reinstate your results at a later date without first charging you for more testing and getting a new cheek swab from you. Alternatively, we can reverse your consent so that your name no longer appears on the matches list.
Note: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The main problem, as a Bloomberg journalist found out, is actually the law. Researchers have proven that it can be done. So while these companies would love to delete all your data when you tell them to, they legally cannot do it.