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The Raw Thing

Ancestry.com should not filter the results of its AncestryDNA autosomal DNA testing service, according to a number of customers and industry observers.

Ancestry.com debuted its genetic genealogy service earlier this year and customer samples are processed using Illumina SNP chips. While it advertises the service as a means to find distant cousins or trace one's deep ancestry, it does not yet provide users with access to their raw tests results.

On The Legal Genealogist blog customer Judy G. Russell writes that there is "only so much you can do with a system that's built around matching family trees that people have uploaded," and argues that by having access to the raw results of her test, she could upload it to third-party utility sites, such as GedMatch, and "get much more benefit out of having tested my autosomal DNA."

In her post, Russell also notes that Ancestry.com's competitors 23andMe and Family Tree DNA do allow customers to upload their raw data results.

Though "most people don't download their raw data from these services ... it seems to be the ethical thing to do to at least give people the option," says Razib Khan at his Gene Expression blog. "I'm not opposed to paternalism in all cases, but this is ridiculous. What reason does Ancestry.com have to not provide raw data downloads when their competitors do?"

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.