Not Reading the Papers

In a new paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, researchers suggest that the best way to protect genetic information might be for all Americans to deposit their data in a universal, nationwide DNA database.

Adjacent headline: “US Postal Service Exposes Data of 60 Million Users for Over a Year”

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  1. Monica Lewinsky and Stormy Daniels have gotten a jump start on the database.

    (Hey, don’t blame me. They’re the ones who keep putting themselves in the limelight. I’d have had to use someone else’s name if they’d just go away.)

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  2. A genetic “Finger print” of every American in one place? Can’t imagine how that may be abused. And please won’t someone get some towels, law enforcement agencies are salivating uncontrollably over here.

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  3. I really don’t get this whole fascination with DNA and one’s supposed ancestry. I know who I am – I don’t need a DNA test to tell me.

    For people concerned about inheritable diseases that run in their family, or for orphans/adoptees who have no clue about their ancestors I can understand their interest. But that excludes the vast majority of people.

    A human I know whose father was adopted had his DNA tested recently. He, like both his parents, was raised in not terribly observant but decidedly Christian household. The DNA test showed that he has the Askinazi gene – at least one of his grandparents was Jewish. I’m sure we can all imagine how a government might misuse that bit of information.

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