Identifying personal genomes by surname inference.

  title={Identifying personal genomes by surname inference.},
  author={Melissa Gymrek and Amy L Mcguire and David Golan and Eran Halperin and Yaniv Erlich},
  volume={339 6117},
Sharing sequencing data sets without identifiers has become a common practice in genomics. Here, we report that surnames can be recovered from personal genomes by profiling short tandem repeats on the Y chromosome (Y-STRs) and querying recreational genetic genealogy databases. We show that a combination of a surname with other types of metadata, such as age… CONTINUE READING