How do you feel about 23&Me selling your DNA to drug companies?

Maybe privacy just doesn’t matter any more.
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I was a bit surprised when a group of friends were chatting about DNA testing thru 23andMe, Ancestry.com and other sites.

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As usual, I was an outlier since I’m skeptical of the science and worry about the privacy implications…

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First, I chuckle when I hear folks say that they were surprised by results revealing that their family ancestry stories don’t match their DNA.

Best example: the story of the twins who who tested to radically different DNA profiles.

Say, what?

And, I fret about how the info will be used.

(Gee, if you can’t trust Facebook, who can you trust?)

Already, companies have allowed access to  their databases for law enforcers  to triangulate on perps who don’t have DNA profiles in their file.

I’m ok with that, but …

Announced last week: GSK (a big pharma) is investing $300 million in 23andMe. Source

In return. GSK gets access for use of the DNA files for drug development.

Probably a step forward for health science, but a slippery slope for privacy.

What if the DNA testers decide to sell their dat to, say, life insurers or employers.

Still OK?

Maybe privacy just doesn’t matter any more.

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2 Responses to “How do you feel about 23&Me selling your DNA to drug companies?”

  1. Jackie Wilbur Says:

    I think it stinks, Ken, as does today’s announcement that FB is working with the banks to gain access to users financial data. Can’t imagine why anyone would use any of these services.

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