NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Ancestry.com has decided to suspend access to a public database of genetic information after the resource was used by law enforcement authorities to identify a suspect in a decades-old murder case.

The move came after multiple media outlets reported this month that Ancestry.com had divulged the identity of a donor in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation's database to the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Ancestry.com has maintained the database since it acquired SMGF's assets in 2012.

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