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Nothing Left to Hide: The Danger of DNA Databases

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 I'm not sure I understand the threat the allowing your DNA to be publicly known is? Is there concern that healthcare risks for those genetically at risk for certain diseases will be higher? That doesn't seem entirely unfair. Don't insurance rates already vary based on family history and age (both things you can't control but that have an impact on the cost of your possible care).

-- HamiltonFalk - 18 Dec 2008


Predisposition to certain medical conditions is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the short article behind the "discrimination based on new definitions of race, ethnicity and personhood" link. While DNA might identify legitimate proclivities towards behavior, DNA is likely to be a very weak predictor at best for the complex social behavior we're usually interested in -- thinks like proclivity to violence, or pedophilia, or laziness, say. But just because DNA isn't a very good predictor of behavior doesn't mean people won't give it more weight in their decisions than it deserves.

-- AndreiVoinigescu - 18 Dec 2008

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