Monday, February 25, 2008

DNA for dummies...

"History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous."
- George Orwell


I was not surprised to hear that there is discrimination going on in the workplace (potentially, of course) due to usage of DNA tests that show whether a person is genetically pre-disposed to some sort of condition. People are afraid and mistrusting of such sensitive information's final resting place. Most definitely for a damn good reason.

Is there any area of our lives that can't be disclosed? Are the kits that people purchase to promote anonymity protecting them? Who will step up stiffer penalties for companies found in default of these passed legislation?

I'm not certain of the answers to any of these questions. Just like I'm not certain that there is no federal entity collecting DNA samples for every newborn baby in the country, or every person's blood sample that enters a hospital or clinic.

With the lack of genuine concern from the government regarding our rights to have actual, factual information provided, is it too far out of the realm of possibilities that we are moving one step closer to________________?

Think about it and finish the question for yourself.

I'm reminded of a quote by the great Aldous Huxley:
"The spectacle of human beings reduced to automatism satisfies the lust for power. Looking at mechanized slaves, one fancies oneself a master."
Interesting, no?

NYTimes.com: Insurance Fears Lead Many to Shun DNA Tests

8 comments:

neshia said...

DC E-MAIL ME I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE SUBJECT ONLINE

dc_speaks said...

dude, what you talking about? as you can see from my blog posts, i have no time for silly things. i have mad info to go thru and post about.

THIS IS WHAT IM ABOUT! INFORMING THE PEOPLE!!!

Royce's Daughter said...

Hey DC!

I shutter at the thought of all this and so much more. My "Boo" was telling me about the North American Union (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qBK_NhT-LM&feature=related) the other day...FRIGHTENING to even think about. People are making decisions for us and we arent even paying attention.

Shelia said...

We never know what goes on behind the scenes. The secrets that are withheld from the general public. With the internet, more and more information is available to us. I will be looking more into this. I really don't have any answers right now.

Lovebabz said...

http://www.starpulse.com/Movies/Gattaca/Summary/

If you really want to know where all this is leading to follow Hollywood. Hollywood and Government have a long sordid history. Talk about leading the masses. But sometimes, Hollywood can go against the grain and try to capture the attention by making the controversial films that could get people thinking. Look to Hollywood my friend...past and present.

Lovebabz said...

I was trying to leave you the link fo rthe film Gattaca---the Ethan Hawke Film about DNA as tool for discrimination. That is very interesting film and there are others.

dc_speaks said...

@RD: hey gal. aint that the truth. my head is going to explode with all that i am finding out. it's difficult to pass along every piece of info without being an alarmist.

@shelia: the answers can be found. the age of the internet is a welcome tool against misinformation and treason in high places.

@lovebabz: ive seen it. i loved that movie. you seem to be a kindred mind. it is indeed a pleasure to have you as a reader.

fuzzy said...

With the governmant making few moves, they have us tracked! They know our location by cell phone devices that we voluntarily carry. It is only a matter of time before we receive the mark of the beast.