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4 October 2018 A Trail of DNA and Data DNA has become a topic of conversation all over the world. It is an intriguing
topic from wanting to know ancestry to finding out what diseases may be in your future.
It can catch murders, rapist, and even ticket offenders, but how far are we willing to go?
How much information about our DNA is too much? A trail of DNA and data can be the
key to a more cohesive and safe place to live. It can also be the compromise of the
given right of privacy in all facets.
In the article A Trail of DNA and Data, Saffo acknowledges that the use of DNA
and data are anachronisms. The Cambridge Dictionary defines anachronism as
someone or something placed in the wrong period in history. Basically, he is saying that
the use of DNA in today’s times is something out of the future. Who would have thought
that devices can sense for bird flu, HIV and SARS as we pass through airports. His
scenario of licking a card that will bring up our identity is at the fingertip of Biometric
companies and may already exist.
When you talk about DNA and data storage, it doesn’t seem like a cohesive
parallel. The two doesn’t seem to go together. However, an article written by Ruairi J
Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks explains the process of storing
genetic data. He emphasizes the importance and relevance of doing so. Mackenzie
goes on to say that “DNA, at its most basic level, is a biological storage device, an Smith 2 organic way of holding and preserving genetic data”. What does this mean for us? In
other words, Mackenzie is saying that data files of the human body can be contained
and altered at any point.
Saffo also talks about stolen identity and how easy it will be for someone to steal
your DNA identity. When we think of stolen identity of today, it’s social security cards,
credit cards, and cyber identity theft. How can someone steal your DNA identity?
Michael White of Pacific Standard reveals that “In the near future, it may not be difficult
for someone with access to your genome data to make a good guess about your
ethnicity, your skin color, your propensity to obesity, addiction, bipolar disorder,
attention-deficit disorder, early onset cancer, or Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, or
Alzheimer’s Disease, not to mention the identity of your real father. With this
information, identity theft is limitless.
There are advantages of succumbing to DNA storage. Research for control of the
common disease, identifying a future disease that may afflict you and or a family
member or the capture of a criminal using DNA identifiers. However, there are most
certainly disadvantages to the trail of DNA and the storage of data. You give up rights to
your identity and compromise your privacy which is no longer private. The choice in the
future will be conflicting. Sources:
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