A genetic “Minority Report”: How corporate DNA testing could put us at risk – Salon.com

If the project is successful, 23andMe’s roof would shelter a veritable warehouse of genetic information, mapping correlations between phenotypes, SNPs and diseases across a huge swath of the population albeit not a particularly diverse swath, given the company’s likely market demographics. To date, 23andMe says that it has received saliva samples from approximately 500,000 people – a figure many times the size of those employed in most large-scale genetic studies – and the company has only existed since 2006. Once it clears its name with the FDA, the amount of genetic information available to the firm’s research arm will only grow. “The long game here is not to make money selling kits, although the kits are essential to get the base-level data,” said Patrick Chung, a 23andMe board member. And the company’s privacy policy, it’s worth noting, makes no promises that it will not share aggregate-level genetic data with its vendors and affiliates, such as the company that manufactures the chips used in processing saliva samples.

via A genetic “Minority Report”: How corporate DNA testing could put us at risk – Salon.com.

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