Uncle Sam could want YOU and your DNA, too

Biopolitical Times
January 20, 2011

Unfortunately, soldiers are particularly susceptible to harms relating to release of their DNA because they are excluded from the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

A secretive group of independent, influential scientists who advise the United States government on science and technology recently released The $100 Genome: Implications for the DoD. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it pays little attention to the larger social and ethical questions raised by such technology.

The group, known as the Jasons, was asked to consider the impact of personal genomics over the next decade and to assess the opportunities and challenges of the field for the Department of Defense (DoD). The report concluded with the following recommendations:

1. Establish procedures for the collection and archiving from all military personnel DNA
samples that are compatible with subsequent genotype determination.
2. Plan for the eventual collection of complete human genome sequence data from all

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