Monday, April 03, 2006

And How Is This Bad?

According to this ZDNed UK article, Google is being accused of being "biggest threat to genetic privacy" for its plan to create an online searchable database of genetic information. Moreover, it's accusers go on to say that "Google, in cooperation with Craig Venter, are developing plans to make all of our genomes Googlable to facilitate the brave new world of private genetically-tailored medicines". From what I understand, nobody would be forcing you to input your genome into Google. And for the chance to have genetically-tailored medicine that could enhance or extend my life... well, sign me up. Obviously, there would be privacy concerns about employers and insurance companies getting a hold of this information, but that's going to be an issue regardless of what Google does. Google won't be the only one doing this.
 
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