DNA on the Down-Low

In France, genetic ancestry kits so popular elsewhere are banned and punishable with $4,000 fines.

Nathalie Jovanovic-Floricourt and fellow genetics enthusiasts are lobbying to get that law changed—but until then, she’s helping manage a black market for the tests.

She wants to get caught. “For years, I’ve been demanding to be condemned, so I can take the case before the European Court of Justice. France can’t forbid me from knowing my own DNA.”

The debate centers around how to protect French genomes from profiteering foreign companies.


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