A quick Internet search of direct-to-consumer (DTC) take-at-home DNA tests will reveal a growing cloud a skepticism surrounding genetic security and privacy. But that’s only the beginning of the story.
According to CBS, the global biotech sector is estimated to be worth up to $4 trillion a year. It’s not surprising that many countries, including the United States, are vying to be top-dog and receive a slice of the payout pie. This involves collecting and analyzing massive quantities of genetic data in vast health information libraries.
While there are potential benefits to analyzing the genetics of billions of people–such as targeted health treatments–the lack of security poses dangerous risks if such information falls into the wrong hands.
Bill Evanina estimates that the Chinese government has at least 23 Chinese-based or affiliated companies operating inside the U.S. These companies are in consultation, collaboration, partnership, investment with U.S.-based companies in an effort to access U.S. citizens’ genetic data.
The global threat to genetic security is so pronounced that the U.S. military strongly suggests that military personnel do not submit any genetic information through a DTC take-at-home kit.
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