Anne Wojcicki wife of Sergey Brin who is in charge of 23andMe.com (sorry no link love for you) is set to bring the company live this week. Here are the details via techcrunch:
23andMe will offer a genetic screening service for $999. The short story is that 23andMe will administer a test (presumably a swab or saliva test) that will take your DNA and screen it. In return you will be told your genetic history including whether you are likely to suffer from a range of diseases or similar life altering events, including heart disease.
So who cares right … well be for you sail off into oblivion know that Google invested 3.9 million dollars in the company in May. Does it creep you out that Google, who IMHO knows WAAAAAAYYYY more than anyone should about anyone else is connected to a company who tests your DNA? Remember kids you’re stuck with you’re DNA for life it’s not like an email, IP, or cookies you can jettison whenever you like.
Don’t tell there aren’t a few completely out of their mind eggheads at the plex who would love to connect your DNA with your Google account, for any number of purposes … at Google we really know who’s a 23 year old single female and who isn’t … did you know that 27% of the people clicking on your adsense are verified as men between 30-35 … personalized search for men over 50 can you say more Viagra ads …
There may be some nut jobs who want to live in a world where this is the reality:
A top intelligence official says it is time people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.
Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguards people’s private communications and financial information.
but I’m not one of them, I’m with Ben Franklin who said:
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.