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China Snares Innocent and Guilty Alike to Build World's Biggest DNA Database

China Snares Innocent and Guilty Alike to Build World's Biggest DNA Database

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  • We should imagine our future as one where any privacy isn't a given. Your emails and files on the AWS, google, Dropbox, evernote; your online footprints, as you walk around the city....Looking forward to companies that let us opt in to privacy

  • I acknowledge that DNA testing is an invaluable tool when it comes to solving crimes, exonerating people wrongfully accused or convicted of crimes, finding long lost relatives, screening for genetic disorders, and helping people make informed decisions about managing their health care. However, when

    I acknowledge that DNA testing is an invaluable tool when it comes to solving crimes, exonerating people wrongfully accused or convicted of crimes, finding long lost relatives, screening for genetic disorders, and helping people make informed decisions about managing their health care. However, when I first heard about this a few years ago from a biotech colleague, it didn’t sit well with me back then. But now I am almost frightful.

    Also, when beauty companies in the personalized skincare game began jumping on the DNA testing bandwagon, as well, I was not too pleased and still not pleased, and that is putting it very mildly. Offering genetic testing and saying that it will offer the best anti-aging solution is very misleading and inaccurate, as it is the environment and the person’s lifestyle, present and past, that drives aging. This just plays on the vulnerability of a person and compromises his/her privacy, and it needs to stop.

  • This is all very ‘Minority Report’, but also seriously highlights the global competitive advantage China has when it comes to massive high value datasets they can use to train AI and other powerful predictive tools.