More and more people today are looking into discovering their roots and genetic background. In the process of this discovery, many individuals find peculiar and useful information on their family, possible proneness to diseases and hereditary factors.
Looking into your DNA background is more available today than it was ever before. How does DNA affect the way we look at our bodies, the way our mind works and else?
Is 23andMe Manipulating Our DNA?
To begin with, 23andMe is a platform that inspects yours and your family’s DNA. For some time, 23andMe has been collecting DNA sources, thus building a database of information. The reason DNA is so fascinating and appealing to them is that it helps the pharmaceutical industry create corresponding meds which can help treat many diseases later on. However, it has come to many’s attention that 23andMe not only collects a sample of your DNA but also sells your codes to make a bigger fortune.
One of the target clients of 23andMe is GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical mogul. As per their CEO, this merge in data and companies will enable a line of “novel treatments and cures.” This will enhance the process of creating and developing medications able to fight off the greatest of health threat, genetically-speaking.
Even despite the ‘deal and steal’ policy 23nadMe might use, many individuals have agreed to sell their DNA sample for further analysis.
How Can I Protect My DNA?
As per president of the Center for Medicine in Public, Peter Pitts, ‘If people are concerned about their social security numbers being stolen, they should be concerned about their genetic information being misused!” Pitts goes on to say that “This information is never 100% safe. The risk is magnified when one organization shares it with a second organization. When information moves from one place to another, there’s always a chance for it to be intercepted by unintended third parties.’
The company oddly confesses there is a deficiency in safety matters, stating on their website, ‘Your genetic data, survey responses, and/or personally identifying information may be stolen in the event of a security breach. In the event of such a breach, if your data are associated with your identity, they may be made public or released to insurance companies, which could have a negative effect on your ability to obtain insurance coverage.” If you or anyone you know is interested in closing their 23andMe account, they should do so on the 23andMe Customer Care page. However, keep in mind: “any research involving your data that has already been performed or published prior to our receipt of your request will not be reversed, undone, or withdrawn.’
Therefore, before giving the go-ahead to a pharmaceutical company to manipulate your DNA data, think again whether this is a well-thought idea that works in your favor.