"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