dewaltdisney wrote: Just think if the Nazi's had access to this technology back in 1930's there would have been a lot more people that could have be persecuted.
In countries like the Netherlands where everyone had to register with the local council, and the form also included your next of kin, birthplace and your religion, they didn't really need DNA...... A bit like those ID cards that Labour wanted us all to have (and pay £80 for) a few years back
Which is precisely why I would touch this with a barge pole. Far too many aspects of Orwell's dystopian future have indeed come to pass i the last 40 years - and in any case I distrust politicians, and I'm also a bit paranoid (either that or they really are out to get me)kellys_eye wrote:I'd declare myself to be paranoid over such issues but when you add up all the 1984-esque things that have actually come to pass you find that it's less paranoia than simple self preservation.
I have no doubt that if they thought they could get away with it certain large corporations would have already have implemented this Gattaca-like approach to employee selection54aardvark wrote:I wonder how long it will be before you have to take a DNA test when applying for life insurance/loan/mortgage/job.........
It has also been used to wrongly convict on a number of occasions on the grounds that it is infallible. It may be, but the way that evidence is interpreted is down to a human being, and they are very fallible indeed. It is, though, like fingerprints (another even more flawed technology) being used as primary evidence when it was only ever meant to be corroborative of other more tangible sourcesNos wrote:...but DNA has eliminated suspects from criminal acts, as well as convict
Ask yourself a question. Where is the data stored, and why? Answer: the data is stored in the USA, where our Data Protection laws don't apply, and by buying this kit you are signing-away your rights to control your own DNA (read the small print), so they can sell data to whosoever they please.Dave54 wrote:I always ask, "What's in it for them?"
I like one comment in the article I linked to: "In short: if you really want to spend your cash to discover that you are descended from Vikings (spoiler: if you have European ancestry, you are) or you have blue eyes (try a mirror), go ahead. But be aware of what you are really giving up, and consider the potential risks if things go wrong."