The Good, the Bad, the Ugly in DNA Testing

Police hit the jackpot with the Golden State Killer match, but for average folks it can reveal unwanted news.


LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) - Police hit the jackpot this week with the Golden State Killer's DNA coming up on a genealogy website leading to his capture. But for average folks using those sites, they should be prepared for unwanted news. 

Many people use these DNA sites because they want to know more about their ancestry. But what if you find out, for example, that the people you thought were your parents aren't? Or you get some other troubling news?

Brianne Kirkpatrick, genetics counselor and founder of Watershed DNA, in Virginia says sometimes people get unexpected or troubling news after submitting their DNA for testing. She’s even formed a support group for when the news is devastating.