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May 31, 2007 - ethics / genomics / internet

Can technology provide not only access to, but understanding of the origin of our design/evolution? According to Arianna Huffington, some family and friends of Google are getting into the business of decoding genomes. The Mountain View company 23andMe, Inc. is offerring to help you “make sense of your own genetic information.” According to thier web site, this means understanding:

“the 23 paired volumes of your own genetic blueprint (plus your mitochondrial DNA), bringing you personal insight into ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits.”

To make sense of our own genetic information. To see what the genotype under the phenotype is. Is this like choosing “view source” on your web browser? To those who wonder about the ‘great web developer in the sky’ and its intentions for them, viewing that source code might come as a shock. Even with the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, how long will it be before a religious idea like “chosen people” becomes something verifiable through the revelation of ‘fact’?