The map and table shows my family history as revealed in DNA extracted and analysed from a sample of my saliva. It is a clear reminder that I am of European descent, but not as clear as the face I see in the mirror.
The popular family heritage site I did this through has linked me to relations I know and some i don’t. I look forward to establishing a connection with over 130 4th cousins at some point in this life, or perhaps the next.
In a time of big data and limits to the confidentiality of personal information am I worried about my DNA being shared and analysed further? Not at all.
As a colleague told me when I first sent a report to many people in the multinational we worked for;
Once you share something you instantly give up control of it.