U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing for "discreet samples"

On Thursday, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report on privacy concerns sparked by the advent of whole genome sequencing (decoding the entirety of someone's DNA make-up), and the ease with which commercial startups offer to obtain and decode secretly-swiped DNA samples. Chairperson Amy Gutmann told reporters on Wednesday that there is a "potential for misuse of this very personal data." More at Reuters.


  1. Well, you can either keep your head in the sand and pretend that that your DNA is somehow always going to be private (ignoring the fact that you leave lots of it around and it is only really cost issues preventing anyone interested from sequencing it), or you could just accept reality and just make your genome public *now* and help science. A growing number of people like George Church, Jim Watson, Craig Venter, Esther Dyson, and Stephen Pinker have already made their genomes public. Your genome isn’t a password. At best it’s a public key.

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