Hands off my DNA

I have seen ads on TV and online before for getting genetic testing done.  I have never really thought about doing it.  To be honest, it kind of weirded me out to pay to send in my DNA to some company.  Then I saw this article about the company 23andme, and it seems I’m not crazy.  They have sold people’s DNA data to the drug company GlaxoSmithKline.

They say it is for research and to develop new drugs but once they have the information, you never really know what they will do with it.   I couldn’t help but wonder what they would do with my DNA.  With BPES, the FOXL2 gene is mutated.  So even if 23andme claims they send people’s information in a ‘non-identifying’ way, this is something very few people have.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this ‘collaboration’ as they call it.  And if any other genetic testing companies form partnerships.  In the meantime, I plan to keep my DNA to myself.

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