Do DNA Testing Companies Like 23andMe Own Your Biological Data?

The Federal Trade Commission issued a striking holiday missive last year: If you're thinking of buying an at-home DNA testing kit, make sure to consider the privacy implications: "Although most tests require just a swab of the cheek," the agency wrote, "that tiny sample can disclose the biological building blocks of what makes you you."

The issue flagged by the FTC: Who else might profit from your most personal of data?

Genome sequencer 23andMe, for example, has DNA from its 5 million...

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