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Opinion: DNA Program "A Spectacularly Bad Idea"

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

July 23, 2010

A program being offered by UC Berkeley inviting incoming freshmen to submit their DNA for testing is a "spectacularly bad idea," according to a San Francisco Chronicle editorial. Citing concerns over security breaches and privacy, the editors point to a state bill by a California assemblyman seeking to prevent the California State University System and the University of California from requesting DNA from enrolled or perspective students. Regardless of whether the bill passes, the editors ask, "with so many privacy questions lingering over the emerging field of personalized medicine, should the university be doing this in the first place?"
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